Wooden boat restoration

Discussion in 'Boatbuilding' started by Bollinger, Jan 17, 2011.

  1. Bollinger
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    Bollinger New Member

    I am very interested in buying a restoration project. I have found one and am sure that most of the work is fairly straight forward however there are a couple of points I am unsure:

    The Hog has a split in it. How difficult is it to replace?
    The Lead Keel has a crack in it. How easy is it to repair/replace and what are the alternatives?

    Any advice would be appreciated.

  2. alan white
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    alan white Senior Member

    The hog? What is a hog? What kind of crack in the lead?
  3. Bollinger
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    Bollinger New Member

    thank you for your reply.

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  4. PAR
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    PAR Yacht Designer/Builder

    Replacing a keel or portions of it can be very difficult. It usually means the boat is dead, unless it has some significance to make it's repair or restoration worthwhile. Alan, I think he's talking about the keelson, though I might be wrong. A cracked lead ballast casting is another issue that often requires professional help.

    At this point the playing field needs to be leveled a touch. What is the boat, (make, year and model) it's construction method, etc. From the limited resolution of the photos, I can see many cracked and broken frames and iron sickness everywhere, suggesting this boat is well past just being a small project. If this is your first "project" then run as fast as you can in the opposite direction. My point is, if you have to ask about the difficulty in replacing the hog, you're in way over your head and need to consider a different "project".

  5. gonzo
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    gonzo Senior Member

    The hog, in British, is the keelson. I've had to reeducate myself here. It is a major job. Also, the photos show a hull that has extensive patching and quick repairs: sistering, butts, etc. The rusty keel bolts are a sure indication that all the wood around them is deteriorated too.
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