Wood boat restoration…..

Here’s a few shots of some of the work on the cedar-strip boat. So far we’ve done a little sanding on the bottom and removed a section of the center keel (top photo…..the metal strip is still there plus the screws that were holding the old keel in place). Also some work is happening on the transom with replacing some of the peeling fibre-glass. Once the bottom is done we can put it on the trailer and do the upper sides and top.

8 thoughts on “Wood boat restoration…..

  1. Hi Gord…This is a nice hull for the big waters of Eagle Lake. The ride is impressive. I’m sure that your efforts will produce a beautiful finish. Are you planning on restoring that previously damaged area near the bow?

  2. No, this is more a refinishing job vs a restoration. I hadn’t planned on taking off the keel but it was so bad I had to. I would like to have it in the water in a couple weeks so the rush is on. The weather is going sour with chance of snow this Friday…..seems like a typical walleye opener! I will be chasing the trout so I will report back on that.

  3. Saw that forecast glad we are a week late agin this year hope things warm up by the 21st, but some cold weather till then is good keeps the water cold and the lake trout in shallow for when I arrive.
    Better get that boat up and running or you will have 2 very unhappy guests in cabin 1 again this year.
    Looking good Gord better put a bigger motor on the back right away?

  4. It’s hard to do any boat refinishing when the wind is howling and the temperatures are below freezing! This coming weekend looks like a good one to skip.

  5. The forecast I see hear sounds like it will be a typical openning week-end for Canada. COLD/SNOW

  6. Gord,

    Are you going to refinish with a simple varnish, or have you ever used epoxy? Epoxy makes a very strong sealing coat but still needs a few final finish coats of varnish to provide U.V. protection.


  7. I’m refinishing with a “West System” epoxy, followed by some special (must be at $40 a quart) varnish. The epoxy was what was used by the person that built the boat….it looks pretty tough. Calling for snow tonight so that refinishing will have to wait.

  8. Gord,

    The West System is the way to go. I first used epoxy when I built a Chesapeake Bay mahogany kayek. From that experience I was able to renovate a Boston Whaler that had significant hull damage. It’s amazing the strength you get with just a few coats of epoxy. The instructions with the west system are also quite good. Just be sure to scrub with soap, water, and 3-M pad between coats to get rid of what is known as the amine blush. The varnish does little more than provide U.V. protection. The epoxy turns “cloudy” if you don’t have some form of U.V. protection.

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On behalf of the Boyes Group, I would like to pass on our sincere thanks for hosting the Muskie Madness Week and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay at VBL and had a great time!! This was our 7th year on Eagle Lake and we have stayed at a few other lodges but VBL takes the cake hands down! You can definitely count us in for next year. I’m happy to see you post some of my pics, they turned out well. Thanks again Gord for a wonderful week of fishing and your stellar hospitality, you run a first class operation, we look forward to seeing you next year!

Trevor Benner

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