Here we go again, with a great story from Tommy ” Sexiiest Woody Boater Alive” talk’n about his wood! Take it away Mr Holm!
After all those Woody Boater curves at the Danenberg Boatworks I had to get straighten out so I went over to the Cadillac Boat Shop in Cadillac, Michigan. I thought I’d share with you my discovery: a brand spankin’ new engine stringer as straight as an arrow.
The original stringer had served the woody boat well for some 86 years and its final service was as a pattern for the new stringer even though it had some crude modifications. Tools required to make a new stringer include a chisel, trim router, power planer, jig saw and the ubiquitous sandpaper; oh ya a nice clear, long piece of fir.
This is where the new stringer will meet up with the new oak frames. Just simply do another: starboard on Monday and port on Tuesday , that’s how it’s done in Cadillac – after one finds another fir tree. Easy Peasy for the professional.
The craft from the pointy end. Notice the rather unique steel angle brackets on the frames. All woody boaters now know that this a 1930 Dee-Wite 17’ split cockpit boat made by the Dwight Lumber Co. out of Detroit. About 35 were made during 1929-1931. This one has lived its entire life in Presque Isle, Michigan. All cool people named BK own Dee-Wite boats.
Woodyboater.com did a story on Dee Wite boats in May 2011, Here is a link to that story by Texx!