Hi Guys,Cutting a long story short I have had the good fortune to come upon a boat, a 14' clinker built sailing dinghy, most likely one of the Thames Estuary types from the 30s and 40s.A restoration had been started by a gentleman who sadly passed away. If you wish to add more photos (or videos) to your post or if you have any problems loading photos use the link below (there is no need to resize or adjust your photos). So, before selecting your photo please use the 'Message Box' to indicate to which post the photos belong. Mbaekelmans View Public Profile View Mbaekelmans's Gallery Find all posts by Mbaekelmans « another newbie.
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Location: Bellingham WA One lesson I learned the hard way is that the Titebond polyurethane glue is a poor imitation of Gorilla glue. If I were ever to do it again, I would make a fibreglass inner end piece for both ends, and plank over the top of them, leaving a finished, waterproof inner bow and stern.


I understand the wood itself was found to be sound and have no reason to doubt this, however I hope to have a more experienced eye cast over it before launching. The deck is plywood, I believe made new by the gentleman who owned her as the wood is bare and the filler in the screw holes has not yet been sanded. The four day Australian Wooden Boat Festival began on Friday 11th Feb with a Parade of Sail and ends with the Hobart Regatta Day. It must be highly water resistant, so I would rely more on the epoxy, using the pattex for less critical applications(above the water line). The first few times you had at it, you probably could barely please yourself, but with practice and some guidance, you managed to impress one or two prom dates. So, HOPEFULLY, my work will consist of stripping the old varnish, caulking, varnishing and re-fitting all the metalwork.I don't mind how much work I need to do, be it labour or research, because it might well result in me having a 'free' boat.
The current owner (the son of the afoermentioned gentleman) believes it had a mainsail only with no foresail, and is giving me the sails he has.


I'm expecting them to be in poor condition, but will make the best of them.He also mentioned his Dad had been using a heat gun (electric) to start on the varnish, and having used one myself when renovating our house, and reading the articles on your site, I'm inclined to start there, I found them more user friendly than chemical strippers. I spent the winter sanding it down, lightly, and applied a few coats of varnish.Then I lightly sanded the hull which showed signs of resin and fiberglass mesh. It's not a Wivenhoe One Design (only 10 planks rather than 12), nor is it a Brightlingsea (too short). I'm not sure of which plans it was made from, but it looks close to the 1950's Mustang DIYplans. Finally, my plan was to get it on to my drive and spend the summer stripping it under a tarp, before moving to the garage to paint.



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