Jul 23, 201311:13 AM
Odduck: Adventures in Boat Restoration
The Best Laid Plans...
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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 the tight areas, I cut down a round sanding pad to just a few inches and also used a small, triangular sander. I finished off with progressively finer paper and then used a lightweight, non-clog auto body filler from Evercoat to fair some of the the welds. I wasn't too concerned about the ones below the waterline, because the hull will get coated with an epoxy barrier coat called Tuff Stuff from Sea Hawk Paints, then their Mission Bay bottom paint, which is for both fresh and salt water. Likewise, those on the flat decks will be covered by a non-skid rubberized product called Tuff Coat, so a perfectly smooth job wasn't required.
I've had a couple canvas people come in to look things over, and both agree it is a complicated job to construct a two-section bimini top/camper top combination. The problem is the two deck heights in the cockpit. The helm seats will sit on top of the mid-cabin, which measures about 44 inches back from the door to the cabin and about 26 inches above the height of the further aft deck. The cockpit depth there is almost 36 inches. That is part of the reason these were great fishing boats used on the Great Lakes. To get any kind of headroom at the helm means the bimini level is far higher than the aft-end camper height. Making that transition between heights is tricky, so both canvas guys asked if I could find any pictures of how it was supposed to look from the factory.