Boat ID help

Discussion in 'Boats, Blinds, & Gadgets Forum' started by Low_Pro, May 16, 2021.

  1. Low_Pro

    Low_Pro New Member

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    I just bought this skiff in central Wisconsin and hoping to learn a bit more about it before I dive into restoring it. The top is strip built but the bottom and sides are plywood. It's 12 feet end to end. It's possible that it's homemade but the top, combing and oar locks are so well done I'm thinking it was a factory build or at least not this guys first boat build. I think it originally had a slat subfloor that got lost in the years. The guy I bought if from said it was from 1910-1920 but I'm thinking its probably newer than that by a few decades. Any help would be appreciated.

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  2. HaydenHunter

    HaydenHunter Elite Refuge Member

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    Cool looking boat. Have fun restoring it.
     
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    NWRINGNECK Elite Refuge Member

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    Sent you a PM
     
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    longduck Senior Refuge Member

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    Took the words right of my mouth!
     
  5. Aunt Betty

    Aunt Betty Elite Refuge Member Supporting Member

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    I predict this is a "quit pickin at it" type of project where once he starts pickin at it all that's left is the hardware.

    Dip it in flex seal. Good to go.

    That wood work is beautiful but the devil is in the details of repairing anything on it.
     
  6. cajunwannabe

    cajunwannabe Senior Refuge Member

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    hit up the guys on duckboat.net. They are experts in old wooden duck boats and restoration
     
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    Where's Brad when you need him?
     
  8. Tuleman

    Tuleman Elite Refuge Member

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    Could be a worthy project, depending on the presence of dry rot.
    Might be a fun, straightforward restoration.
    Or, like Betty alluded to, it could be a whole new boat with the old oarlocks on it by the time you're done.
    I'd say, from appearances, that it looks pretty solid (old fiberglass notwithstanding).
    Go for it.
     
  9. Tailfeathers

    Tailfeathers Elite Refuge Member

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    1910-1920’s. I dont think they had plywood. Maybe it was plank built back then, and later rebuilt with the plywood. Beautiful boat just the same. I have a 1940’s BBSB all cedar planked and covered in fiberglass. I replaced the bottom,s ribs as they became like shredded wheat. Replaced fiberglass soft spots that became disattached to the wood planks. Repainted and good to go. I decided to do a fix up and not a restoration..
     
  10. Tuleman

    Tuleman Elite Refuge Member

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    From Wiki: "Plywood was introduced into the United States in 1865"
    It's possible that this boat was originally made with plywood in the early 1900's. :tu
     

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