I would love to restore the wood, but there is some really severe checking in places, especially on the inside. I'm going to stick with the epoxy paint more to help hold the wood together than anything else. I have the bottom off and am working getting some new inner chines built because these are trash. I kind of like the idea of the wood shoe. Everything you are saying makes sense. Is Marine plywood necessary for the shoe or will anything work? Treated plywood maybe? I would think that you would wear one out before it rots out. Having a hard time finding marine plywood in Boise to replace the bottom as it is. I have another old boat available (from Rick) that I could take the bottom off, but to pick it up may end up costing the same as new plywood so I am checking all options. What would you recommend for the finish on the bottom of the floor prior to putting on the shoe. Epoxy paint? What type of Oil do you reccomend for the shoe? I may still go with glass, but you got me thinking. If I don't like it, I could always glass it in a year or two.
Hello, sorry I know this is an old thread but I am trying to figure out the safest way to roll my drift boat over on its top so I can replace the uhmw shoe. I have a 16' tatman and I have no clue how to accomplish this. Any help would be much appreciated.
Most drift boats do not weigh that much. My son and I turned my boat over by ourselves. Two more people would have made it easier. I built a rectangular frame out of scrap 2' x 6's with wheels at each corner so I could work on my boat and move it around the shop. I modified the stand so that I could place the upside down and work on the bottom much like you are discussing. I mounted a short 4" x 4" on each corner and connected them between the ends forming a platform that allowed us to place the gunnels of the boat on them thus suspending the ends of the boat off the ground. It protected the boat and allowed me to move it and work on it with ease. I have added a couple of pictures for you, Good luck!
Awesome! Thanks for the response and pictures!
You are most welcome!