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Another South Bay Duckboat leaves the farm
Good morning, All~


The latest in an ever-growing string of South Bay Duckboats was hauled back to Long Island yesterday afternoon. This was not a full "spa treatment" - but it left here ready-to-hunt - at least once it gets fully thatched with Salt Hay.


The vessel was "as bought" by its new owner - structurally sound but with the usual signs of age and wear with which we are all familiar.







The thatch rails were basically sound - but the ends needed work.






The rails twist quite a bit in their final 3 or 4 feet - and rarely land well on the deck.






The forward ends - even when new - project forward which a notch that can foul lines.








Other rails - like this one on the spray shield - had dried and warped from lack of paint.






Here's the afterdeck rail. The vinyl edging on the hatch had rusted through and become brittle.







The motor board was sound - but its galvanized steel carriage bolts had almost rusted through where they passed through the hull.






Here is one of the better ones on the bench.






Most just twisted off during "disassembly" (demoltion?).






The lower corners by the motor notch frequently get chopped by the prop.






Now to get to work....


(continued in next post)


SJS











Steven Jay Sanford
Pencil Brook Farm
South Cambridge, NY
http://www.stevenjaysanford.com


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Now into the shop - with the stove making work nice and comfortable - and the chsain falls saving my old back.






Once settled onto the horses, removal commenced - beginning with the bow hardware.






The "work order" centered on new Flap Boards and a new Motor Board. I will not show the process in my usual step-by-step manner (except for the Flap Boards in a separate post) - so here are some AFTER shots.


The nose got a new brass ring - and a painter that can easily be removed and stowed in the cockpit off-season. As usual, the painter is just short enough so it cannot foul the prop if it goes overboard.







The forward ends of the lateral Thatch Rails got longer and thicker spacers so they would fair onto the deck. the Thatch Rails were removed - to be cleaned up, sealed and primed on the bench. Each screw hole was filled with thickened epoxy so new screws (#12s) would get a good bite.







The center Thatch Rail is all-new. There had been no cleats on the vessel. There is now one on the foredeck and one other the stern deck - either can safely lift the boat if needed - as they are backed up belowdecks with half-inch plywood and s/s fender washers.






The afterdeck also has an all-new center Thatch Rail. The eye-bolt takes a safety line (chain or cable) from the outboard.






The Motor Board is my usual - with standoffs through-bolted with larger (5/16") s/s carriage bolts - and bored for the owner's particular engine.






The Hatch got a new handle - fastened with s/s lags and fender washers from below.






New vinyl edging.






..continued....


SJS



Steven Jay Sanford
Pencil Brook Farm
South Cambridge, NY
http://www.stevenjaysanford.com


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The Spray Shield was removed to get its new Thatch Rail - laminated with 3 layers + spacers - all from Philippine Mahogany.






The tails of the lateral Thatch Rails got large, beveled spacers epoxied on - to relieve much of the twist.







New Flap Board mounts were machined from 2-inch Black Locust. The "off-cuts" from the beveled bottoms were used as backer boards belowdecks. The new hinges are heavy (hot-dipped) galvanized with brass pins. The Boards are half-inch AC plywood - which I faced with 4-oz 'glass cloth. The Thatch Rails are P-Mahogany with glued-on spacers.







Each board got 2 Thatch Rails - and I re-purposed the nice bronze eye straps for shock cord "keepers".







Rubber bumpers - 2 on each side - protect the Coamings and the Hatch. I used panhead screws to attach the Rails from inside and the brass machine screws holding the hinges were ground flat after installation. Both measures are intended to minimize damage to skin (human and canine), clothing, decoys and other gear.







Here are the Flap Boards down. Note how they are level when down.






This design feature allows for decoys to sit securely on them when setting out or picking up the rig (decoys - Herter's Model 63s - not included...)






In the up - gunning - position.








When trailering, the Flap Boards secure the Hatch.






One more post.....


SJS







Steven Jay Sanford
Pencil Brook Farm
South Cambridge, NY
http://www.stevenjaysanford.com


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Just about ready for the road. All 3 tires got their allotment of air. I lubed each wheel, the jack stand, the winch - and replaced one Bearing Buddy. I always remove each wheel and clean and coat the lug nuts or bolts with Anti-Sieze. The starboard side wheel came off only with my impact wrench - and lots of complaining from it. Changing a flat by the side of the road would have been near-impossible. The trailer also got a new set of LED running lights.


I recommended to the owner that he replace the 8-inch wheels with new 12-inch or 13-inch galvanized wheels - for less wear at highway speeds and a bit more ground clearance.



(And, the registration numbers are new - and not really blurred....)









Here are a couple of AFTER portraits...


The new paint is Pettit 3303 - Dull Dead Grass.







...and the stern quarter.






I look forward to seeing her all thatched up.


All the best,


SJS



Steven Jay Sanford
Pencil Brook Farm
South Cambridge, NY
http://www.stevenjaysanford.com


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 Steve, great job as usual. Like the outboard safety eyebolt. Totally agree about the anti-seeze. One thing I do is put tubes in my tires. If I get a slow leak I can get some air in it, if I break the bead it will still remount.
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Thanks, Rich~


Here's a 2018 graduate of Pencil Brook Boatworks - another South Bay all thatched up and ready-to-hunt!



And, yes, that's one of the Shovin' Oars I made last year, too.







All the best,


SJS





Steven Jay Sanford
Pencil Brook Farm
South Cambridge, NY
http://www.stevenjaysanford.com


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Super restoration, Steve.

Thanks for taking us along.


MLBob

"Art is like an ill-trained Labrador retriever that drags you out into traffic." (Annie Dillard)

....Here's to Joe Wooster, who made me realize that the useful could and should be beautiful; and who firmly believed that decoy carvers were the last free men in America.

https://www.facebook.com/KOOIdecoy?ref=hl

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Steve, how long is the shoving oar?
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Steve

I'd be lying if I said I didn't think about your restorations while refurbing my own sneakbox. Your work is inspiring.

Eric

p.s. My hard dodger is almost done. All that is left is to laminate a grass rail. I hope to start on that tomorrow.
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All~


I just got some nice "in-use" photos of the South Bay that left here last month.


I'm happy to see the trailer lights working (owner came a day early and so I never completed running a separate ground wire to each light) - and a fine thatch job (nice long Salt Hay).






Here she is in her habitat - although not yet placed for gunning.







And the "proof is in the Broadbill" - to coin a phrase. It was the owner's first of this species, a perfect adult Hen.






All the best,


SJS

Steven Jay Sanford
Pencil Brook Farm
South Cambridge, NY
http://www.stevenjaysanford.com


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Steve, what's that hinge set up on the very last picture? Is that an old setup for a pop up blind?
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Paul~


Good eye!


Yes - that hinge is one of a pair that supported a hood that is the full length of the cockpit and open on one side only - so 2 could shoot over the port side. The owner will probably have some LI canvas guy sew up a new hood - but the frame is in good shape. The hinges had been mounted on the top of the coaming - which defeated much of the vermin-prevention efficacy of the cockpit hatch. So, I installed little "shelves" fore and aft - inside the cockpit - on which to re-mount the hinge bases. The entire hood could now stow beneath the hatch and the hatch could be sealed tight.


All the best,


SJS

Steven Jay Sanford
Pencil Brook Farm
South Cambridge, NY
http://www.stevenjaysanford.com


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Steve,

You are without a doubt a South Bay expert. I don't know why but every time I see pics of your rebuilds it creates a sense of comforting nostalgia. Such an interesting boat.
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Steve Sanford wrote:
Paul~
Good eye!
Yes - that hinge is one of a pair that supported a hood that is the full length of the cockpit and open on one side only - so 2 could shoot over the port side. The owner will probably have some LI canvas guy sew up a new hood - but the frame is in good shape. The hinges had been mounted on the top of the coaming - which defeated much of the vermin-prevention efficacy of the cockpit hatch. So, I installed little "shelves" fore and aft - inside the cockpit - on which to re-mount the hinge bases. The entire hood could now stow beneath the hatch and the hatch could be sealed tight.
All the best,
SJS


With only the presence of the throttle handle, I had to envision that system ,very cool, I've toyed with that idea on my boat.
Another good one indeed.
Mc
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GREAT work!!
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hey Steve. boat looks great .
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Good morning, Joe~


By coincidence, I just got this photo in my e-mail yesterday - another South Bay I restored last year (2018) - and another nice thatch job:






All the best,


SJS
Steven Jay Sanford
Pencil Brook Farm
South Cambridge, NY
http://www.stevenjaysanford.com


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Good morning, Joe~


We had a fine day at Pattersquash yesterday - and are heading north today instead of sitting in the rains...


I had hoped to bring your Pendergasts down on this trip - almost done but they need another day's work. (I posted yesterday in the Work Bench thread).






All the best,


SJS





Steven Jay Sanford
Pencil Brook Farm
South Cambridge, NY
http://www.stevenjaysanford.com


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All~


Another South Bay field report....








I am told the hide is so good that the birds come to the rig totally unaware.








And, the restored Lake Ontario Decoys - 4 Blacks and a pair of Mallards - he got from me fooled both Mallards and this Gadwall - his first-of-species.






All the best,


SJS

Steven Jay Sanford
Pencil Brook Farm
South Cambridge, NY
http://www.stevenjaysanford.com