have I ruined my boat? (subtitled wood rot)
Posted 12 November 2007 - 04:49 PM
FYI - the plywood is just builder's grade 3/8" from Lowes; it was epoxy coated then covered with 3-4 coats of Helmsman's Spar Urethane. I have to admit that I was a bit shocked to see it fail so quickly. The dinghy isn't a year old yet.
BTW - Here's a pic of the whole boat:
Posted 12 November 2007 - 08:26 PM
Posted 12 November 2007 - 09:37 PM
It's terrible to see something that you put so much work and heart into get damaged but I think if you follow Frank's advice you'll be able to tell how much wood needs to be removed before deciding how to fix things. After you've let it dry and poked at it some you'll be better able to decide on a course of action.
If you look at the before and after pictures of some of the restoration projects on this forum you'll see that most anything is fixable
I hate that you've got damage after only a few months, though. Which reminds me - I need to get my boat out of my driveway and back to covered storage...
Posted 12 November 2007 - 09:58 PM
Posted 13 November 2007 - 11:41 AM
Posted 13 November 2007 - 06:14 PM
Posted 13 November 2007 - 07:15 PM
Posted 13 November 2007 - 09:14 PM
If I'm going to replace it, should I just cut out the triangle very point? That shouldn't be difficult a fix. The dark place behind the rubrail will be more difficult.
I guess I could let it dry thoroughly and then try and seal it with epoxy and recoat.
Posted 14 November 2007 - 06:39 PM
I'm not sure how clear that was... ???
Posted 21 November 2007 - 05:31 AM
Over this time frame I would doubt it is serious rot. Some fingernail testing will find out pretty quick.
Much more likely to be simple staining and discolouration. You will never get rid of all of it - and too much treatment with oxalic acid or bleaches can weaken the timber and make the plywood furry.
After checking to see if your fingernail sticks in more there than anywhere else - if it doesn't then the timber is ok. If it does you need to check with more serious tools - like a screwdriver or awl and see how far in the damage goes.
If it really bugs you - you could replace the gunwale or part of it - but usually I wouldn't bother.
If just cosmetic clean it up and re-epoxy and varnish. My boat has a few stains of this type (it is 18 years old) and also holes where other boats have damaged it that I have repaired neatly - it is still clear finished.
I don't mind a few "battle scars" in a clear finished timber boat it reflects the history and use. In some parts of the world they call it "patina"
Posted 24 November 2007 - 08:27 AM
In some parts of the world they call it "patina"
I have found that many minor blemishes can be fixed very simply by the generous use of this word. ;D
On a serious note, if the blemish is cosmetic then your remedy is a matter of choice. Varnish over it and call it patina, or paint it over.
Posted 02 December 2009 - 06:37 PM
If you do arrive at the conclusion that it is indeed ruined (which it most certainly looks like to me), I'll be happy to recycle that boat for you.
Posted 02 December 2009 - 08:51 PM
You've been drinking again haven't you . . . Take you medication and go back to bed . . .
Posted 08 December 2009 - 08:38 PM
Where's my medication..?