Finding the rot and beginning the rebuild

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In October the painful work of tearing into the aft cabin began. We knew the three cabin sides were in poor shape, but fresh water had done its ugly work on some of the structure and overhead. So two days were spent slowly pulling the aft cabin completely off. In many cases dozens of screws had to be uncovered, cleaned, and removed by hand. Almost every screw in the boat was silica-bronze. The craftsmanship displayed when these boats were built is impressive. The trim pieces were removed and stored for later use, both because teak is as expensive as gold and I want the conversion to match the look of the rest of the boat.

Eventually the saws came out and wood started moving…

I framed in and shortened a repurposed door where the stairway to the former aft cabin was. The shower head will be moved and turned into a hot/cold water hose for the back deck. Then began the work of beginning to frame the new back deck space. That big pile of wood in the shop had to be trucked north and carried down the dock. I tried to match the frame size of the original construction, beefing it up as needed to carry the weight of commercial fishing operations.

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Above you can see the first few deck beams going across, a mix of 5/4×5 golden balau and 2×4 tigerwood. The new section of deck is 10′ 10′ with a roughly 4×4 hatch combing in the center to access the fish hold. Soon the corner uprights for the hatch combing make the layout visible.

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Luckily the rot confined itself to the plywood where the house met the deck. Every piece being added to the boat is treated in the end grain and all non-visible surfaces with 3-way mix of pine tar, turpentine, and linseed oil. Next week the work will be cutting out all the blocking pieces to place in between the deck beams, slow and time consuming work. But it is starting to take shape…

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