Another Newbie needs help crossing the river!

SO here is my new (new to me) 400.00 wooden drift boat. Very excited to start the resto processes.

I have removed the rear floorboards and the rowers seat.

having so difficulty getting some of the old screws out. the extractors working well until a head breaks off. I guess I will just epoxy those screws in and move a new screw just off the old broken one? 

I also bought a gallon of Jasco adhesive stripper that seems to work well and have a couple of pieces to sand in the AM.

Any advice about this process would be greatly apreciated. this is my first go around and I hope to have a pretty/solid boat next summer. I am especially in need of bottom resto advice. it looks like it has black gunk on the botttom now (coat it?)

at any rate here are some pics.

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Comment by Peter Drake on February 24, 2014 at 12:39pm

Hi Scot,  I am looking for a similar old restorable drift boat to buy.... Do you know of any?  Have any ideas on where I should look?   Thanks, -- Peter Drake

Comment by Scot Miller on July 4, 2013 at 10:48am

Hello all


Splashed the boat today and sure enough it leaked pretty good. around the chines. 

so back to plan A. going to sand out the inside and go from there. pics and blogs will come slower now that the real work begins. thanks again for all your input. 

heres some pics of the days events.

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Comment by Rick Newman on July 2, 2013 at 9:03pm

Good luck. Not only are you learning a lot but you are providing lesson for those that follow. Keep the pictures coming. Especially those of SALMON!

Rick N

Comment by Scot Miller on July 2, 2013 at 5:09pm

AJ, you are wise. thanks for the input. I believe i will take it out to the "pond" and see if it leaks majorly and plan on redoing the bottom after salmon season if the boat allows. I have decided to "do it right" soon. but It might be fun to enjoy it awhile. I am going to float it thursday.. 

this should be fun.


Comment by AJ DeRosa on July 2, 2013 at 4:04pm
There are two options here. Option one is do nothing and float it till you can't stand it anymore and then do what Richard suggests. Of course this depends upon whether or not it will float. You can live with slow leaks for quite q while. More water may enter the boat from your shoes as you get in and out on a day of fishing. Knowing that the boat is going to need a full bottom job you can take comfort in the fact that you are not harming a whole lot more by floating this season.

I agree with Richard that patching that bottom is not the way to go. Rip it all off and do a proper bottom job and it will last your lifetime.

That flashing is very unique. Never seen that before. I wouldn't suggest repeating that on the new bottom/chine cap job. A piece of steel screwed to the wooden chine cap is a very popular piece of protection that works very well even on massive impacts that result from t-boning a rock at current speed. Don't ask how I know this.

I can flip a 16x48 by myself. I learned how 35 years ago when I was young and dumb. Now days it is much safer to do it with a case of beer. That will usually lure the proper help into the yard when it's time to flip.
Comment by Scot Miller on July 2, 2013 at 2:38pm

thanks Richard there lots to do before I flip it. i will keep the pics coming. I know my 2 girls (11-13) will love floating and fishing in this so i think after seeing the pics i might try to replace the bottom.

that way I can adress the chine. I would rather do it all once then again in 18 Mo. plus theres alot of year round fishing here in the sacramento area.. so once im up and fishing i wont want to stop. lol. 

Comment by Richard Elder on July 2, 2013 at 2:02pm

If she were mine I wouldn't mess with trying to clean up and patch the bottom to get it ready for epoxy and glass. I'd pull it all off, repair any inner chine problems and put on a new 1/2' marine fir ply bottom. Dito the transom. Far better and less work in the end.

What do you think AJ?

ps I flip my boats with a come-along by myself. Even a garage doorway is high enough if you put in a eye bolt above the opening.

Comment by Scot Miller on July 2, 2013 at 12:09pm

any tricks on how to turn this boat upside down?
I guess some man power is the only way.

Comment by Scot Miller on July 2, 2013 at 12:06pm

heres the bottom. some pics are good, some are not. it almost looks like there is flashing around the chine cap?

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Comment by Richard Elder on July 2, 2013 at 8:44am


Couldn't agree more with your description of the structure of a traditional chine boat design.  On my boats I've always built up a heavy outer chine using glass/epoxy and sometimes kevlar. But I think you are right about the desirability of preserving the type rather than cutting corners like I suggested..  Of course what needs to be done for a restoration depends entirely upon the condition at the starting point.

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