Refastening clinker hull

Discussion in 'Wooden Boat Building and Restoration' started by Andy, Mar 28, 2005.

  1. Andy
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    Andy Senior Member

    Hi. I am about to refasten the hull of my clinker built Yachting World Dayboat and was wondering if I should go up a size when replacing the square sectioned copper nails and domed roves, or stick with the size currently in the hull. Any boatbuilders out there know which is normally done?

    Andy :confused:
     
  2. Robert Gainer
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    Robert Gainer Designer/Builder

    Why are you removing the old rivets? They are copper and very soft; you can tighten them instead of replacing them. If you need to replace them and the hole is still good, just use the same size.
    Robert Gainer
     
  3. Andy
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    Andy Senior Member

    hi Robert, thanks for your reply. many of the roves are now just red powder, so it seems like a good idea to replace them. i think the holes are ok, so i'll try your suggestion of using the same size again.

    Andy
     

  4. gonzo
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    gonzo Senior Member

    If the hole is good you can stay with the same size. I doubt they are though. The corrosion in the metal usually produces chemicals that attack the wood. If you use a larger size, keep them as small as possible.
     
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