Here are some more pictures of the poor condition of the boat.
This boat is now 59 years old. It was built in Newport News, Virginia. The boat was delivered new on 4 March 1947 to a dealer in a city just 13 miles from where I now live. It was used quit regular for 24 years. It has stayed here in this area all it’s life. I am the 7th owner.
I laid the boat on it’s side and stripped fiberglass cloth off the hull.
Then I started removing the screws. These screws had putty over them and putty in the screwdriver slots. I had to chip the screw head clean of putty with a screwdriver and hammer, and then remove the screw, sometimes by hand, sometimes with my power drill. Look at the next picture and you can see the screw holes filled with putty.
Here you see the bottom off, and the plank "patterns" laid on the floor for future reference, which didn’t come until December.
The inside of this boat was so dirty, even greasy dirty, I had it sand blasted. Before and after.
You can see the white putty between the planks.
After years of soaking and drying out, the planks swell and then contract, letting in lots of water. A former owner put in the putty.
The bottom had two layers of planks, one set ran diagonal and a set running fore to aft attached to the diagonal ones, with an oil soaked canvass between them. This canvass would soak up the water that came thru, but after years of exposure it finally became ineffective. These boats were only expected to last 6 to 8 years, about the same as the automobiles of that era. You can see the diagonal planks in the picture above, and the one below.
So they put the putty in the cracks, and when the planks got wet and swelled again, it put stress on the frame joints and pushed them apart. In the first picture you can see space on the left where it is pusshed apart. You can see in the second picture the half round holes. They are not lined up like they were when it was new. These are things I had to correct when I put it back together. The stress also broke about 25% of the brass screws and 75% of the brass bolts.
YAWNNNNN. Boring, huh, Crash.