Woodwind Yachts Antique and Classic Wooden Boat Restoration, Repair, Refinishing, Building and Sales

Woodwind Yachts Restoration Project
TYPE: 1950's 15' Peterborough Cedarstrip Runabout

OWNER: David Rein, Michigan, U.S.A.

PROJECT: Remove and replace approx. 50 ribs, 11 planks, lower inner stem, outer stem and keel, transom, upper transom knees, splashrails, gunwales, coamings, 1 interior seat, aft deck beam and floorboards. Remove, repair and re-install upper inner stem, inner keel, lower transom knee and decks. Completely refinish vessel inside and out with 5 coats of premium varnish.

And so the project begins ..........

Along with the normal deterioration found in a neglected 50 year old vessel of this type, she has also suffered a nasty accident, breaking 35 ribs in a row and 6 planks along the starboard bottom. The aft starboard seat is missing.
First the transom, upper transom knees and aft 3 ribs were removed from the vessel.
The new transom was built, varnished and installed. The aft planking was stripped, sanded and varnished prior to rib and transom installation.
The vessel was shored up so as not to lose the original shape. Approx. half of the broken ribs have been removed. The hull interior is being stripped and sanded, and will be varnished in these areas prior to installation of the new ribs.
Both the inner and outer keels have been removed for proper access. A temporary outer keel along with a series of straps are used to hold the vessel together during these delicate procedures. The new ribs are made and steam-bent into the refinished areas of the hull interior. The backs of the ribs are sealed prior to installation.
The same procedure is followed for the next group of ribs. Often the boats are turned and secured on their sides (as shown) to make working easier.
Now all of the ribs have been replaced. Sometimes the boats look rather "odd" with untrimmed ribs sticking out beyond the hull.
The ribs are then sanded and varnished to catch up to the hull varnish. The interior has now been completely sanded and varnished up to the 2nd last coat.


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Woodwind Yachts
3986 HWY. 7A, Nestleton, Ontario, Canada L0B 1L0
TEL (905) 986-9663 FAX (905) 986-1345

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