What boat is this and potentially restoring

Discussion in 'Wooden Boat Building and Restoration' started by krashed, Apr 7, 2020.

  1. krashed
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    krashed New Member

    Hi all, new to the forum as I have recently come across a wood boat that I am looking to buy and restore. I believe it is a Peterborough boat but I can't figure out which model. I live 20 minutes from Peterborough Ontario so that seems reasonable.
    I'm hoping someone here can help me with identification and some of the challenges I may expect from this restore. The wood is weathered but the boat has been stored in a barn and there's no rot or damage that I can find. The biggest issue is that someone did a pretty poor fiberglass job on the entire bottom of the boat. Is this possible to remove?

    Keep in mind I have built a 16ft cedar strip canoe and 17ft cedar strip kayak. I have never restored anything.

    Thanks in advance for any tips or help!

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  2. fallguy
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    fallguy Senior Member

    It is possible to remove. It depends on how thick it is as to the approach.
  3. Ike
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    Ike Senior Member

    It certainly is possible. I had a wood thistle class sailboat and the previous owner had glassed the bottom of the hull. It took a lot of grinding and sanding, but i got it off. If the glass has not bonded well sometimes it just peels off. If you take a grinder to it you have to be very careful not to damage the wood underneath.
  4. fallguy
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    fallguy Senior Member

    You can also try a heat gun, but u gotta be careful!

  5. upchurchmr
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    upchurchmr Senior Member

    A heat gun is easy for a canoe or kayak.
    A thicker skin on that boat might be a little more difficult.
    But I doubt it (on the other hand, I haven't done a thick skin).
    Sanding forever is to be avoided like a virus.
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