Boats may be constructed from almost anything, however, historically, most boats have been constructed of wood. Wood combines strength and resilience in a lightweight, very easily worked form. In many respects wood is best boat constructing material, on account of its exceptional stiffness. Classic wooden boats benefit from wood’s remarkable structural qualities, but traditionally constructed hulls can’t take full advantage of the qualities of wood thanks in part to the problems in effectively fastening all of the various pieces together
Old wooden boats also absorb much more moisture than is ideal; many woods are two or even 3 times more powerful when dry than they are when saturated with dampness. These disadvantages do not make classic construction a bad selection; they basically imply that this kind of craft will be somewhat heavier than a laminated hull of the same strength.
When looking at old wood boats for sale, take a notebook along, and if you discover what you feel is actually a appropriate candidate, you must begin to create a record of what needs to be done before you make the purchase. Start 1st with the main and most expensive things which, naturally, will be the engines and generator if it has one.
There will be a limit to what it is possible to economically or physically deal with in terms of issues like deteriorated deck cores, or deteriorated structural hull components like stringers and bulkheads. Any antique wooden boat that you consider that has deterioration of main structures could drastically alter your decision on the purchase. The price to repair and also the labor may be outside of the budget or ability. You should consider this concern extremely cautiously before tackling this kind of a undertaking.
Take into account the exterior finish. Is the gel coat in good enough condition that it may be machine polished and restored to excellent condition? Can the vintage wooden boat be painted for a affordable price? This question is best answered by how complicated the surfaces are, and how much hardware there is that has to be either removed or painted around.
As wooden boats grow old and go through one owner after another, the electrical systems tend to become worked and reworked with substandard wiring and additions that the fundamental electrical system is no longer trustworthy. Watch out for that rat’s nest of tangled wiring and wiring with numerous splices in line. If these problems exist, chances are that the boat needs to be rewired.
Several last issues to consider on old wood boats would be the gas tank, steering and controls. Foamed aluminum gas tanks are often suspect when put in beneath the deck in the bilge. The cost of replacing gas tanks is not great so long as the deck has a detachable deck plate. When the deck has to be cut out, and after that rebuilt, the cost is going to be too high. Also check the gas lines, filters, and fill hose to the tank and vent hoses and fittings. If these are aged and cracking, they will have to get replaced too.
Although it may be tough to locate a surveyor to look at wooden boats it’s best to obtain one, if you want a turn-key antique wooden boat. In case you know and are willing to perform some repairs or restoration acquiring a surveyor is not quite as crucial.
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