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Post by mattbyrne » Thu Apr 04, 2013 12:45 pm

The previous owner had thrown away all the interior. I was lucky to get help from owners of similar boats so that I could reproduce an accurate reproduction of the upholstery. The boat has spring box bases with kapok cushions. I’ll try and find some pictures and post later.

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Post by dreed » Thu Apr 04, 2013 7:14 pm

Great story. Thank you for sharing this with us. We really appreciate it.
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Post by thomasdial » Sat Jul 13, 2013 8:49 pm

i have a 1934 split cockpit gar wood. i can't start on it for at least another year. it is stored upside down under a metal awning. the seams on the sides are starting to open up. is there anything i can do to prevent this.

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Post by boatmanscm » Sun Jul 14, 2013 10:02 pm

Easy repaired if vinyl is still got life. Is it soft and flexible ? If so it can likely be sew again . Once you remove cover, try bending the material. As it has to be turned inside out for repairs.
If its stiff and hard then chances are it will never make it through the repair process with out damage.
Best way to repair is to just sew sections a little tighter . If you sew over the same sew line it will become weak from needle punchers from over sewing seam .
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Post by cutwaterguy » Tue Jul 16, 2013 8:57 pm

he's talking the wood plank seams man. ur post made me smile though. 4 the other guy spray the hull down with the hose once a week or so.
been messing with old wood boats since 1975 when i bought my first chris riveria r-18-999

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Post by mattbyrne » Fri Jul 26, 2013 11:05 am

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Post by Don Ayers » Fri Jul 26, 2013 3:21 pm

Great Pic Matt; Where did you come up with that one?
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Post by quitchabitchin » Fri Jul 26, 2013 9:05 pm

Nice trailer...that's awesome.
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Re: Restoration Progress

Post by cenger » Sun Jun 21, 2015 2:04 pm

Question on spray rail placement. I am about to put the spray rail on my 16-35 split cockpit. Pictured above spray rail looks to follow the waterline which I assumed was correct but in looking around I have seen it also measure equal distance to bottom of chine. Wondering which is correct.
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Post by Brian Robinson » Sun Jun 21, 2015 5:32 pm

The smaller runabouts without a wood backer paralleled the waterline anywhere from 3/4" to 3" above it, depending on where the plank batten fell on the side of the boat in relationship to the waterline to screw too.

On the larger boats with the wood backer, the rail paralleled the upper rub rail.
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