The client wanted to retain as much of the original material of the boat as possible, however one of the planks was badly split. A 4′ split in a 6′ plank is just too much damage to save. So I replaced the original spruce plank with a new Lawson Cypress one. The new one will be less prone to splitting than the original and in the future will be easily discerned as a repair.
Progress is going well on the 6′ Tender I’m restoring at the moment. After raking out decades of hardened paint and putty from the gaping seams I had to reseal them with a flexible caulk/adhesive. There was no way that the joints would have resealed by themselves after so much compression set ( where the wood fibres are squashed beyond their ability to re-inflate when immersed in water) so the sealer will hopefully make the boat water tight once more.
Also the keel was in very bad shape, having be repaired many times and being made up of numerous different pieces from numerous different eras. So I made a new one which is awaiting final shaping in the photo above.
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