A huge thanks to fellow Woody Boater Mark Schallip for giving me….and you the day off from my word butchering, and tasteless humor. Take it away Mr Schallip. No really take it, you can have it. Dims and babes.. All of it.
When I bought “Little One” in the spring of 2019, I knew the boat needed some repaired. But, it was springtime and it was time to use her not work on her. After using her throughout the summer of 2919, I listed some of the things I had noticed when I purchased her. The hull and canvas were in good shape. The inside was in good enough shape to be put on the back burner. The transom however, needed some attention.
When fall arrived, I had other projects that needed my attention more. As I completed these other projects I never lost sight of what needed done on “little One”. Then, Covid 19 struck. As we all know, it brought quarantine. More time at home, with no place to go. Now was my opportunity.
As in any boat repair/restoration. I assessed the situation, then started taking it apart carefully.
Taking it apart revealed what every wooden boat project shows. There was more damage than I anticipated. But, I had all the time in the world, and some oak that needed to be milled and shaped.
After I disassembled the parts, I realized the transom itself was in good shape. However, the top rail showed some rot. The top braces were completely gone. The engine plate also showed signs of both rot and wear.
After the engine plate was completed, I was ready to start on the top rails. Using the old ones as patterns, I was able to get all of the shoulder cuts exact, and the mounting holes drilled and countersunk in their correct places. All the while my hair and beard were getting longer and shaggier. But quarantine is not about keeping good personal appearance.
After the top plate was installed, It was time to paint the transom. Kirby Paints, a company that I learned about here on Woody Boater, was able match the sample that I sent in perfectly. Their daughter who was going to school remotely and helping out at the business, really knew her paint. She was very helpful and courteous.
After everything was varnished, painted and installed, the next step was steaming and bending the transom braces. By this time it was getting to be boating season. As we all know, there is no better way to social distance.
Unfortunately, when the fall 2020 came around, quarantine was still in effect. There was still no place to go. It was time to get back to work on “Little One”. My next and final part of the project was tackling the transom braces. I took some careful measurements from the ones on “Backseat Driver”, the other Penn Yan in our family. I cut them out, steamed them, and then using a form I had made, I bent them into shape.
WOODY HERE! HOLD ON HERE! SORRY, I HAVE TO STOP THIS STORY..
LUCY, we need some more splaining.. Really, you toss a Gas Can grenade into the story and expect us all to just move on????/ Good luck reading on.
Clamping the brace
After much sanding, shaping, and fitting, the braces were ready to be stained and attached. Special thanks to Gill Kramer from the Wooden Canoe shop, in Bryan, Ohio. Gill not only restores canoes, but Penn Yan and other small wooden boats as well. He advised me through the bending process. He also gave me all the Penn Yan mounting hardware.
Now that this project is completed, it’s time to ask myself “what’s next? Am I ready for stripping and refinishing the inside? Let”s see what this pandemic is doing in the fall. Right now, I’m looking forward to boating season, and the chance to recapture my youth.