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1982 Aeromarine Restoration

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Re: 1982 Aeromarine Restoration In reply to
David~


Here's some info re thatch rails. I make mine from Mahogany and glue on - with Gorilla Glue - 3/16" thick spacers. Most spacers (except ends) are 2" long. I clamp them up a pair at a time - back to back.







The ends get longer (3") spacers and get shaped.






I bore and countersink the screw holes.






As mentioned previously, I seal with Spar Varnish before painting. I usually paint just the undersides before insyallation - then put 2 coats on after installation and the 3M 5200 sets up. (the rails in the photo below are refurbished, original White Oak rails.)







Here's the batch drying on the bench.







The faired ends prevent fouling of lines, et cetera.






Here's the complete set on a South Bay.








Some brass - not bronze but OK since they're above the waterline - cleats:


https://www.westmarine.com/whitecap-6-1-2inch-polished-brass-hollow-base-cleat-17283110.html?&utm_medium=cpc&utm_source=google&utm_campaign=PMax:%20GSC%3eSmart_Shopping%3eAnchor%20&%20Docking&gclid=CjwKCAiAvK2bBhB8EiwAZUbP1OrT312LClAeHBjB4dhzP8uQhn-NsIqDzaRvnVrqgb-7w5794z3guRoCOIAQAvD_BwE


I'm guessing you have the oarlock sockets?


https://www.westmarine.com/...moYLt8RoCDnAQAvD_BwE





All the best,


SJS


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


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Re: 1982 Aeromarine Restoration In reply to
David~


Vessel looks fine!


I like the materials and workmanship on duckboats to be "yacht-quality with a workboat finish". Flat paints hide lots of imperfections!


You are on the right track!


SJS

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


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Re: 1982 Aeromarine Restoration In reply to
Steve,

I've been going back and forth on a few things. Big thanks to yourself and Bill Ferrar for all of the advise.

I made up my grass rails and sealed them with the spar varnish. Also put a second coat of top paint on the boat last night.

I really like how you have the cleats and eye bolt on top of the grass rail, so I am going to mimic that. Since I don't have access to the underside of the foam filled compartments, I found SS Toggles for the cleats and eye bolts. I am going to put one eye bolt on the stern for an engine safety harness and one on the bow for the trailer winch to attach too.

Question: For the deck joists, what type of wood do you like? I am debating whether or not I need to glass in the joists. I don't think that was ever done to this boat. Plywood will most likely be used for the deck material. The slotted look is beautiful, but I'm concerned with the dogs paws getting stuck. After all the boat is really for her.

PS - adding vintage Aeromarine photo for historical purposes






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In the essence of time, I acquired a bag of nylon washers/spacers for the grass rails.
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Good morning, David~


I would not fasten the frames to the hull. Instead, I would fasten them to the plywood - as in my "Sunfish conversion" floorboards I depicted in my October 4 post. Because these boats have lots of shape (deadrise) in their hull sections, the floorboards will likely stay put without anything to hold them in place - especially once you and your dog are standing on them.


One question: Will you be able to get a 1-piece floorboard in and out of the cockpit opening?







I seal the plywood - top and bottom - with 2 coats of straight epoxy.



For both you and your dog, I would add anti-skid onto your first coat of paint. (I'm putting it on the top of the aft coaming on my current project - a Duck Wrangler.) I "salt" the anti-skid onto the wet paint - then paint a second coat over it after it has cured.







And - being the OCD me - I mask off a 1-inch border all around the floorboard to give it a more finished look.






One other thought: I'm sure your s/s toggles will be fine. However, I would install Beckson deck plates in your bulkhead so you can inspect (foam in "sealed" chambers can get waterlogged over time) and get into your flotation chambers if needed. I will installing a set in a South Bay later this week.







The plates are watertight - but easy to open.






All the best,


SJS


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


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Dave: FYI the photo that you posted of the flyer for the sneak box shows Tom Pryers son John driving the boat...
They also had one of John wearing hip boots and the boat filled with water....

Steve: Several years ago I asked John why they fiber glassed the plywood rather than duck board that was removable.
He said it helped with the structure having ribs and a solid floor in addition a lot of people were running 25 hp way over the rated hp but the boat could handle it.

The floor board is only 48'' x 31 1/2'' so it could come out of the boat.