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Kudzupatch

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02-07-2021 06:13 PM

Topic tags/keywords: mahogany bandsaw drill-driver drill press clamp jointer plane sander tablesaw milling shaping finishing refurbishing sanding joining

On going project. 1963 Chris Craft Sea Skiff.

It was stored on a trailer, covered to protect it and with the drain plug out, just in case water found its way in. Seemed like a very smart idea but one of the most bizzare things happened.

Bumble bees came up the drain plug and built a nest under the floor boards!

It was not discovered for at least a couple of years and the nest was like wet paper. Caused very high humidity under the floors and did a huge amount of damage. Probably worse than if water had stood in it. When we checked on it looked fine except for the paint fading outside.

When we started to open in up it was a whole different story!

Going to post a few photos of process so far.

Coming apart to see what damage we had to deal with.

Standing in the stern looking forward. Stripped to bare hull. You can see some of the ribs have been sister framed. It would be preferable to remove and replace the old one but it just isn’t possible.

Much of the hull planking removed and new ribs going in.

Rebuiling it was was a study in how the Might as Wells bite you in the butt.

While we have this out we might as well take that out and replace/repair it.

One thing leads to another and the project just gets bigger and bigger. Honestly a little overwhelming at times!

Sometimes you have to stop, work on something else just to keep you motivated. I took the time to clean and paint the bow storage so that I had some progress that I could see and show people. It helps to keep you motivated. Hours of laying on your back removing screws and copper nails are not fun.

Great news is that yesterday I put the last plank back in hull! There are some minor repairs left (compared to what I just did) and the hull should be water tight again.

Won’t look like much to you but it looks like a Milestone to me.

Another motivational photo. Taken about 30 years ago.

-- Jeff Horton * Kudzu Craft skin boats* www.kudzucraft.com


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therealSteveN

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#1 posted 02-07-2021 06:26 PM

Nice job Jeff. I’ve always loved the old wooden Cris-Crafts. Like a piece of Americana, they have been around the lakes since the Fords, and Chebbies.

Kind of a departure from your skin boats, still a floater, but some different too.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#2 posted 02-07-2021 06:43 PM

I worked for a marine upholstery shop for a little while. I did piece work for them replacing all kinds of woodwork. I enjoyed the work. I enjoyed working at a Marina, too. Nice scenery, all the time.

I learned some new things about water and wood, that’s for sure! LOL

So far, it looks like nice work and a labor of love!

-- John F. SoCal transplant, chewer uppper of good wood

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WoodenDreams

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#3 posted 02-07-2021 06:48 PM

Nice project car (boat). Wouldn’t mind see additional pics/post as you go along with the restoration. Really liked the photos of inside and bottom of the hull.

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#4 posted 02-07-2021 06:51 PM

Very cool project. Are the hull planks mahogany?

-- Darrel

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#5 posted 02-07-2021 07:18 PM

I love old wood boats, looks like you making headway.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#6 posted 02-07-2021 07:38 PM


Very cool project. Are the hull planks mahogany?

- Foghorn

No, they used Douglas Fir plywood. Never measured but must be 12-16 lengths.

I am replacing it with Okume plywood. Don’t like the look of the DF plywood we get today. When it comes to marine plywood the imported panels are FAR superior to American made plywood. The one I prefer is made in Israel of all places.

The Century Raven was planked with Mahogany. I think they sometimes had issues with t planks splitting along the edge from all the nails? May be mistaken. I looked seriously at one before I bought this one. But they had a Ford engine with two Carter YH side draft carbs. Bugger to keep them working right.

The Carter YH carbs that is. Not because it was a Ford.

This is Century Raven, Not my boat.

-- Jeff Horton * Kudzu Craft skin boats* www.kudzucraft.com

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#7 posted 02-07-2021 07:50 PM

That’s an awesome restoration. You really made her a head turner.

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Kudzupatch

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#8 posted 02-07-2021 08:30 PM



That s an awesome restoration. You really made her a head turner.

- BurlyBob

That is not my boat, it is a Century Raven. Similar model though.

-- Jeff Horton * Kudzu Craft skin boats* www.kudzucraft.com

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#9 posted 02-07-2021 08:38 PM

My favorite youtube video to follow ( The sampson boat co.) is the rebuilding of the boat Tally Ho.

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#10 posted 02-08-2021 08:18 PM

That’s a great looking boat, Jeff. You are clearly a brave and talented man. Nice work. Can’t wait to see it in the water. Then someone else can use it as their “motivational photo.”

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#11 posted 02-08-2021 11:59 PM

Looking good so far. The “beer plank” is always a cause for celebration!

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese! http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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Kudzupatch

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#12 posted 02-09-2021 12:30 AM



Looking good so far. The “beer plank” is always a cause for celebration!

- shipwright

That is one I had not heard before but totally get the term! Even thought I don’t drink.

-- Jeff Horton * Kudzu Craft skin boats* www.kudzucraft.com

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Kudzupatch

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#13 posted 02-09-2021 12:33 AM



That s a great looking boat, Jeff. You are clearly a brave and talented man. Nice work.

I think is more a gluten for punishment. But I have very sentimental love of this boat and no money…...

-- Jeff Horton * Kudzu Craft skin boats* www.kudzucraft.com

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#14 posted 02-09-2021 02:47 AM


Looking good so far. The “beer plank” is always a cause for celebration!

- shipwright

That is one I had not heard before but totally get the term! Even thought I don t drink.

- Kudzupatch

It’s a shipyard term at least here on the west coast. It’s also (more correctly) called the shutter. :-)

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese! http://thecanadianschooloffrenchmarquetry.com/

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#15 posted 02-10-2021 04:42 PM



My favorite youtube video to follow ( The sampson boat co.) is the rebuilding of the boat Tally Ho.

- OldBull


Yes indeed! I first learned of Leo and his restoration of Tally Ho from LJ—someone posted a link to the video of him building a GIGANTIC scarf joint between two huge beams of purpleheart for a new keel. I was hooked after that.

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