After a few years of chasing down a wooden drift boat here in southern Oregon I found my diamond in the rough. I have looked at Prichetts, Briggs, Steeles and others. Never could find the right one or Iwas always a day late. But that is another story. The one I found is a Rouge River Boat Shop mckenzie style drifter. The shop was owned by Jerry Briggs and I bought the boat from the original owner. It was built in 1971 and I'm glad I will be able to put it back floating the Rogue and other rivers where it belongs.
I thought I'd start on the inside first, removing the seats, power washing and starting the paint removal. Three applications of citristrip, scraper and 100 grit sandpaper 40 year old old growth plywood seeing the light of day.
Im planning on leaving the interior bright. Haven't decided on a oil finish, 50/50 linseed and turps or Deks Oljie or possibly varnish. I know the draw backs of varnish but I build bamboo fly rods and it would seem appropiate. Should I decide on a finish and coat the sections s I go along or wait until it all stripped?
results after a second session removing paint.Went to using kleen strip and a scraper to get the top two coats of paint off and then using 80 grit to get to bare wood. This is after two applications of stripper. Citristrip was just not cutting it.
Here is a crack I found in the bottom rib running from the rib bolt for about a foot. It's all the way through. The crack is also in the side rib about four inches. I'm thinking on an epoxy fix. The bottom of the boat is epoxied and glassed on the outside by the previous owner to obviously repair the hard hit on the bottom so taking the rib out means removing bottom glass to get to the ring shank nails. Should I bite the bullet and remove this bottom section and replace the bottom rib and plwood section or just go with the epoxy glue fix. I was planning on glassing the bottom between the ribs to beef up the bottom inside. Any ideas are appreciated.
Here is another picture of the split on the bottom and side rib.