never monday once whispered in the wind:
Thanks for the tips on the Connie. I know wood boats love salt water, what happens when I move it to this fresh water pond I live on? I'm seeing alot of older woodies on the Great Lakes, how are they surviving?
There has to be some modern invention to "improve" a wood hull? or do you just live with rebuilding every XXX years?
There is a couple of ways to protect the woody's from rot
The three main spots you have to watch are the bow stem and the deck
above it, the corners of the transom, and a little forward of the transom around the bulwerk. These are the first places to go. This is where the fresh water
(rain or washdowns) starts the rot
. Submersion actually helps to protect the wood as long as the bugs stay out of the wood, and that's what paint
is for. Even the saltwater boats have to keep an eye on these spots. Cold weather
, like in Canada
, slows down the rot process but the summers still come around. The surveyor
, if you buy, should be checking these spots extensively.
In the good ole' days the river boat sailors use to put bags of rock salt
in the bilges to protect the keel
And for the corners and seams up on deck
, pouring white vingar around the seams on the hot days was the cure. Even around the deck house one has to watch the seams carefully.
The modern way of stopping rot and minor repairs
is the use of thinned out epoxy
with antimicrobial's added to the thin liquid, better known as GET ROT or the Rot Doctor formulas.
Here's a couple sites with interesting reading.