Clackacraft Rebuild

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  • #74437
    Jay Malyon
    Jay Malyon
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    So this whole deal started here:
    http://www.itinerantangler.com/blog/board/forums/topic/anybody-live-near-spokane-wa-i-bought-a-boat-and-cant-get-to-it/

    Long story short, I bought a 2013 Clackacraft out of a salvage auction and almost couldn’t find a way to ship it from Spokane WA to Atlanta GA. Anyway, the phone rang and a shipper agreed to my price of $650. The boat was on the move by lunchtime last Friday.

    I arrived at work bright and early this morning to find a tractor trailer waiting in my parking lot.

    After waking up the driver we got to unloading the boat. I was a bit nervous because I knew it was going to be worse than the pictures I had seen at the auction…and it was.

    Not that it cant be fixed though. The hull is ridiculously solid and I feel like I have a lot to work with.

    I didn’t have too much time to play with it today but I did get to clean it up a bit and survey the damage. Tomorrow I’ll start grinding all the really rough sections and try and figure out how much roving I need to find. Probably a roll. Here’s a few shots and a little video of some of the damaged areas. Keep in mind I got this thing for crazy cheap.

    #74438
    Jay Malyon
    Jay Malyon
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    #74440
    Tim Angeli
    Tim Angeli
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    This is going to be a crazy cool project. I’m already loving following along, and when you finish, your boat will have one hell of an awesome story behind it.

    #74442

    Zach Matthews
    The Itinerant Angler

    That music just blew my mind!

    This is going to be a great thread.

    Zach

    #74447

    You’re an ambitious dude – this will be a lot of fun to follow.

    #74464
    Steve K.
    Steve K.
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    Jay,

    I’m seeing a lot of chips and dings in the gunnel areas. Nothing personal…but I’ve always thought those “rolled” gunnels (photos #6, 7,8 and 9) on the Clacka are butt ugly. I think this is a prime opportunity to cut off the damaged gunnels and replace with oak gunnels…one inside and one outside….similar to a Boulder Boat.

    You could attach the hardwood gunnels directly to the hull….and leave out the frames. I believe this would give you the necessary rigidity.

    Anyhow……I’m pulling for you dude. This will be neat!

    #74466
    Jay Malyon
    Jay Malyon
    Member

    I had about an hour to work on the boat today so I started grinding out some of the really rough areas with 24 grit grinding discs. It was interesting to find that the whole boat is crimson gelcoat first with white gelcoat on top
    This area, and along the gunnel where the oar lock goes are the worst parts.

    The gunnels are pretty jacked up. Cracked in about 7 places and nonexistent in others. I’m thinking I’ll wrap a pvc pipe in wax paper and glass over it to get that shape back.

    Here I was starting to grind the gelcoat off so that I can glass the front casting deck in.

    This part is real gnarly…

    I’m all over the place with it right now because I have the whole boat fixed in my head. It may take a day or so to get in the groove. I’m trying to decide if I’m going to grind everything and then glass everything, or grind this little spot and glass it and move to the next.

    I came home looking like this. My wife asked if a box of powdered donuts exploded when i opened it.

    #74467
    Jay Malyon
    Jay Malyon
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    Jay,
    I’m seeing a lot of chips and dings in the gunnel areas. Nothing personal…but I’ve always thought those “rolled” gunnels (photos #6, 7,8 and 9) on the Clacka are butt ugly. I think this is a prime opportunity to cut off the damaged gunnels and replace with oak gunnels…one inside and one outside….similar to a Boulder Boat.

    You could attach the hardwood gunnels directly to the hull….and leave out the frames. I believe this would give you the necessary rigidity.
    Anyhow……I’m pulling for you dude. This will be neat!

    I was unsure of them as well when I first saw them. I want to try and get it back as close to factory spec as I can. I thought about maybe bonding some PVC up under the lip for extra strength.

    #74468

    Zach Matthews
    The Itinerant Angler

    That’s awesome man! Love that last pic. Very interesting too that they lay up red then white gelcoat – you would think for sure they’d have to reverse it to get proper coverage. Is the only paint the gray stripe on top then? I’ve always been partial to a black stripe there personally. You should really consider swapping out the paint scheme just to put your own stamp on it since you have every color under the sun available. Orange and black would be sweet.

    Zach

    #74471
    Jay Malyon
    Jay Malyon
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    Looks to me like paint. I thought about changing the colors up, but it is coincidentally Crimson Tide colors. I don’t think my family would forgive me.

    I have never really liked red though after I totaled 2 red cars when I was 17. Black would look cool up top.

    #74472
    Steve K.
    Steve K.
    Member

    Your self-portrait kinda reminded me of the scene in Scarface….a la Tony Montana. 🙂

    #74481

    it can be done, but will be lots and lots of work.

    looks like you are protecting your lungs.

    I’ve been working on and off on a Gheenoe project for 3 years. Plan to finish it up before winter if work schedule will allow, hitting it after my 11 year old returns to school, August 5th.

    http://trophyfishingtn.com/smf/index.php?topic=4556.0

    #74520
    Jay Malyon
    Jay Malyon
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    That is a serious gheenoe rebuild! I have a half finished one sitting in my drive way right now.

    Still have not had time to really dive head first into the clacka project, just trying to tie up some loose ends at work. I did manage to grind away more gelcoat in a few of the spots I’m going to repair first. I think the 24 grit was a little too aggressive so I have dialed it back to 60. The 60 grit paper is a lot slower though, so im thinking 40 might be perfect. The gelcoat on this thing is much thicker than any other boat I have worked on.

    Anyway, my neighbor at work was kind enough to donate all his glass supplies he used to build lightweight bicycles. With the stockpile of glass, cloth, and resin I already had and now all the other kevlar, carbon fiber, and heavy roving he gave me I should have more than I need to get to work.

    Kevlar

    Not sure if I will actually use this but, carbon fiber is still awesome

    Really liking the looks of this stuff

    Im thinking the Kevlar will be great to reinforce this area. Right at the top of the crack is where one of the oar locks drop in.

    #74527

    Zach Matthews
    The Itinerant Angler

    Jay –

    The good news is, as you have pointed out before, this boat had a rough-finished interior anyway. I’ve been in some pangas in Mexico that looked like you could cut your feet on the walls if you got too close…

    Zach

    #74620
    Jay Malyon
    Jay Malyon
    Member

    Started to pick the pace up a little this week. I have mostly been grinding away gel coat in 30-45 minute sessions, usually right before quitting time.

    I glassed in a small crack with 3 layers of woven cloth and 2 layers of chopped mat. I didnt “dish out” this section enough but I got antsy and wanted to do something other than grinding and sanding.

    You can see here around the edges where the top layer of chopped mat laid over a small void. The repair of the crack came out well but, not prepping the surrounding area created more work. I will probably inject thickened epoxy into the small holes with a syringe.

    No big deal, Im still happy with the way it came out. Here the section has been sanded back down and is ready for fairing compound.

    Heres another section that was prepared better before fiberglass

    And after. With 5 layers of glass and thickened epoxy.

    Grinding back the gel coat can be a little time consuming because you have to be careful you don’t grind away more material than you want.

    This stuff is great. You can squirt it out and wet out fabrics with it or use it like an adhesive to bond panels with. I bought all that west marine had along with a few packs of extra mixing tips.

    My best friend

    I’m excited to see what this stuff is like next week as I’ve never tried making up my own epoxy filler. 410 for fairing the repaired areas and 403 for laying up cloth in the damaged areas.

    #74621

    Zach Matthews
    The Itinerant Angler

    Awesome work Jay. I just did a patch on my Gheenoe – the bottom had worn down where I had been beaching it and cracked, letting in water. Since it was the dead bottom of the boat I didn’t stress about trying to make it look too good and it still came out great after primer and paint. I am sure your fixes will be undetectable unless you know they are there.

    Zach

    #74822
    Jay Malyon
    Jay Malyon
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    Been making some progress in the last 2 weeks. Mostly just been glassing the cracks along the tops of the rolled gunnels. Most of the work has not been very photo worthy. I should have the gunnels finished and the major flaws in the hull ready for fairing by the end of next week, then on to the interior.

    #74823

    Zach Matthews
    The Itinerant Angler

    It’s looking pretty legit, Jay!

    Zach

    #74876
    Jay Malyon
    Jay Malyon
    Member

    Glassed in a rather large hole in the gunnel earlier today. 6 or 7 layers of glass with thickened epoxy. That’s masking tape on the back side of the hole.

    #74925

    Zach Matthews
    The Itinerant Angler

    Jay that looks good man. The interior finish on a drift boat is so rough, by the time you hit it with paint I bet it’ll be impossible to tell where the patches were.

    I am sure I’m not the only one following this thread with great interest.

    Zach

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