Odduck: Adventures in Boat Restoration


Winding Down for Winter

Work on Odduck has pretty well stopped for the year. Besides the low temperatures, this is the time of year we put things together for an extended stay in the Florida Keys. This year's project involves crafting a rack for my inflatable boat's trailer to hold a kayak and two bicycles...

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Random Thoughts About Boat Rebuilding

When progress slowed on my boat rebuilding project this summer and fall due to real life, non-boat-related circumstances, I had time to ponder a few things about what I was doing...

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Moving Forward in Fits and Starts

At the end of my last post, I was rehabbing from knee surgery, which put a big crimp in my progress. Then, just as I started to move forward, I slammed a car door on two fingers of my working hand, which required 11 stitches and more time off. Much of that recovery time came during a period of great weather. That was a loss, as the boat is still not under permanent cover. I finally got back to work and, of course, the heat indexes rose into the three-digit range. My focus was on installing new decking. The cabin was a straightforward job, laying in a 1/2-inch plywood panel after just painting it with a porch and deck enamel. I used the original stainless-steel truss head screws driven into the aluminum framing. Those screws have a very low dome for usage where a...

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The Best Laid Plans...

As a result of the serious illness of a family member and a knee injury I incurred in mid-June that led to surgery on it mid-July, progress on Odduck slowed. The biggest step forward was having 57 holes in the boat welded closed. The transom had 15 holes from a speedometer and its cable, a transducer, maybe some anodes and a couple of lift rings I wanted repositioned. There were also multiple holes on the rear and side decks where a loran antenna and fishing equipment brackets had been. I'm changing the forward navigation lights, so those holes needed filling, as did several others on the bow where a horn had been repositioned. So, as long as he was welding the below-water holes, I had him do them all. I ground them down with an electric drill and coarse sandpaper. For...

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Only in Illinois?

The Illinois Secretary of State Police Office proudly boasts they are nationally recognized as “one of the premier agencies for the enforcement of the motor vehicle theft statutes and the regulation of the automotive industry.” As part of that, boat trailers in Illinois are considered vehicles, so must have titles. But the trailer that came with Odduck only had a Michigan Bill of Sale, and the identification tag with the ID number and other pertinent information had faded and was unreadable. There are EZ Loader graphics on it, so I called them and found out they had not stamped ID numbers in a hidden spot. When I registered the boat, the title agency gave me an application for titling a homemade, trailer but it clearly states the trailer “does not bear,...

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Follow longtime HeartLand Boating contributor Gary Kramer on his latest undertaking: rebuilding a 1987, 24-foot, aluminum Crestliner Sabre Mid-Cabin Day Cruiser from the hull up.




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