Gittin’ Nekkid!

For the last week I have been working on removing the plywood hull bottom from my 1948 Speed Liner.  As with nearly all the tasks associated with restoring these old wooden boats, it has been an arduous task.  There are literally thousands of screws that have to be found, dug out, and unscrewed.  Of course, very few … More Gittin’ Nekkid!

Strip Search

Yesterday, Patrice and I got my 1948 Speed Liner flipped so I could remove the hull bottom.  I had understood from the seller that his dad, who was the original owner of this boat, had fiberglassed both the hull bottom and the hull sides.  Certainly, he did the hull sides.  However, as I removed the … More Strip Search

Flip or Flop

In preparation for flipping my 1948 Speed Liner I called on Mighty Mouse Mozelewski, aka my girlfriend “Patrice,” to help me lift the boat off its dolly and set it on the driveway.  With the dolly thus freed of its burden, I set about modifying the dolly by adding two rows of 5’x2″x4″ boards running perpendicular to the … More Flip or Flop

Tedium ad Nauseum

Removing all the deck planks from my 1948 Speed Liner left screw holes in the underlying frames and deck supports.  So as to provide for fresh wood into which to insert the new screws when I mount the new deck boards, covering boards, and hull side planks I had to fill all the screw holes.  I started … More Tedium ad Nauseum

Seam Batten Insomnia

For the last two weeks I have spent many sleepless hours worrying about making the new seam battens for my 1948 Speed Liner.  Seam battens provide a horizontal base into which to screw adjacent hull side planks.  They are mounted onto the hull frames, which run vertically, and inset into dado notches.  I’m not sure why this stressed … More Seam Batten Insomnia

Engineering Ingenuity

When my 1948 Speed Liner 14′ Trophy Deluxe Racing Runabout arrived from Montana the mahogany hull sides and plywood bottom were covered over with fiberglass.  To a purist, covering mahogany hull side planks with fiberglass is a blasphemous act.  However, to a Montana farmer who didn’t want to take the time to soak the boat … More Engineering Ingenuity

Morning Wood

Yesterday morning Sweeney Hardwoods delivered a load of beautiful African Mahogany to my house.  They are all 12′ lengths and 6″ to 9″ wide.  I bought 6/4 rough-sawn wood, which means it was 1-1/2″ thick to begin with.  I had them resaw the planks in half, plane them down to a 1/2″ thickness, and then put a straight edge … More Morning Wood