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Dry storage shrinkage

Post by prlentz » Mon Dec 15, 2014 9:40 pm

My 1938 sportsman 15.5 has been out of he water since 2012 as far as I can tell . The only area that is of concern to me is the transom where there is a gap between on of the planks above the waterline . I can see light through it . Will this swell back up tight ? Am o looking at a complete rebuild of the transom before using the boat ?
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Re: Dry storage shrinkage

Post by Greg Wallace » Tue Dec 16, 2014 9:00 am

Probably. Looks to be stored on concrete. Heated? May want to explore adding some moisture if humidity levels are below 62-65%.
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Re: Dry storage shrinkage

Post by JimF » Tue Dec 16, 2014 9:12 am

The fact that you can see light through the seam between the planks would indicate that there is no batten and that is not a good thing. What are those planks screwed to, just the vertical frames?
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Re: Dry storage shrinkage

Post by jfrprops » Tue Dec 16, 2014 9:47 am

Batten her up and GO Boating.....in a moist environment she is going to tighten up some for sure.....those pics show no big deal to me...

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Re: Dry storage shrinkage

Post by evansjw44 » Tue Dec 16, 2014 9:52 am

No battens? CC did some transoms that way. They edge glued planks together like a sheet of plywood then put them on the transom frames and cut off the excess. My Sea Skiff transom was built that way. Once the edge glued joints start to fail you're on the road to a transom rebuild. Water gets into the joints and the decay begins.
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Re: Dry storage shrinkage

Post by prlentz » Tue Dec 16, 2014 1:30 pm

Yes currently stored on cement in my garage , not heated. When I purchased the boat about a month ago it was also stored in a garage on concret no heat. The side planks have battons . It looks ( but I am a newbie ) like the transom is all original and just did not have battons. This is a 15.5 ft 1938 sportsman so not sure on the construction used . That is part of my issue currently trying to find out what the correct way was. I would like to make this a long term project and be able to use the boat this summer if possible and plan to save and have the bottom totally replaced. It has the original bottom and was given the West system treatment . I can't find any soft spots and the frames and chines that I have access to are good . The Keelsons must have had a problem at some time and small sections are replaced and reinforced . It seems to me that it would not be difficult to add battons if that is what I should do after it swells up. I will post an interior photo when I get a chance . Thanks for all the advice and information.

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Re: Dry storage shrinkage

Post by truenorth01 » Wed Dec 17, 2014 3:05 pm

Question. I see FYC on the transom. Is that Ford Yacht Club in Grosse Ile MI ? Just curious.

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Re: Dry storage shrinkage

Post by prlentz » Wed Dec 17, 2014 4:56 pm

Mark
We were trying to figure that question out. I think you just confirmed our best guess. Are you a member or do you know something about the organization ? Bought the boat down just outside of Detroit north side by the lake. I might be able to track down one of the past owners or someone who has knowledge of my boat. I have found a solution for the gas tank having one manufactured . The company is Coast Guard certified out of Chesterfield Michigan . Kehrig MFG. Co. INC. they are experienced at classic Chris Craft fuel tanks. Going to be about what I was told by a couple of other folks. Not cheap but will never have another tank problem.

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Re: Dry storage shrinkage

Post by truenorth01 » Wed Dec 17, 2014 6:33 pm

Yes my wife and I have been members there for 14 years. Please send me a side picture of the boat and give me the M C number and I will see if I recognize it. We have several Woodies currently inthe club and its a large place with a sizeable membership so if I dont have intel for you maybe one of my buddies will. Does your boat have a green storage cover?

I am getting ready to pull my tank as well. I was thinking of using gas tank RENU USA. They have multiple locations. I am attempting to talk someone who has had a tank done to see if it lives up to the sales hype

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Re: Dry storage shrinkage

Post by JimF » Wed Dec 17, 2014 7:00 pm

Before you buy a tank check with Woodies Restorations in Kentucky. They have taken over Rayco tanks from Florida the best in the business and were very reasonable. If their prices are what they were you should take a look.
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Re: Dry storage shrinkage

Post by prlentz » Wed Dec 17, 2014 9:19 pm

Mark here is a photo with the mc numbers . It came with a blue cover . The unique feature is that someone squeezed a k 6 cylinder into it which made the front seat short and extra material as another extended cover board
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Re: Dry storage shrinkage

Post by prlentz » Sat Dec 20, 2014 4:50 pm

Just ordered my tank through Kehrig manufacturing in michigan . Certified marine fuel tank manufacture and have classic chris craft tank experience . They knew exactly what o was looking for . Aprox 4 weeks construction time .

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Re: Dry storage shrinkage

Post by jfrprops » Sat Dec 20, 2014 5:54 pm

if you intend to GO BOATING...this is the best move you have ever made......new tanks....!!

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Re: Dry storage shrinkage

Post by drrot » Sun Dec 21, 2014 10:04 am

Kehrig is an interesting company. They built boats with Hacker in the past.
http://www.kehrigmetalfab.com/about_us.htm
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