Salt Bay Skiff

Last week we removed the 18’ Puget Island Skiff built by the late Kurt Nielsen. That same day, we moved our local TSCA The Lower Columbia River Raptors chapter skiff in my shop to finish.

Last summer our chapter put on the annual Wooden Boat Show here at the Elochoman Marina in Cathlamet, WA. The local Pacific Bank provided the material for this 12’ Salt Bay Skiff and over a 5 hour period that Saturday and 4 hours on Sunday our group built this skiff with the help of some locals walking the show.

Today we started the process of finishing this Salt Bay Skiff. We prepped and fiberglassed the bottom, stem and transom. Tomorrow we will apply faring compound to the entire exterior.

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Nelson Skiff – On The Trailer

This afternoon we lifted the skiff and set her on the trailer. Then, we mounted the 25hp Honda 4-stroke outboard.

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Nelson Skiff – Finished

Today we Linseed oiled all the raw plywood and frames! She is finished!!! Tomorrow we will put her on the trailer. Then I will post a few more photos.

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Nelson Skiff – Brightwork Varnish

Today I applied the final coat of varnish to all the brightwork. Tomorrow if it’s dry enough we will apply the Linseed oil to all the raw plywood, floors and frames.

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Nelson Skiff – Non-skid Thwart Benches

This morning I spent a few minutes applying the coat of TotalBoat non-skid to both thwart benches. If my supplies arrive by Monday of next week, we will have this restoration wrapped up by next Friday or Saturday!

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Nelson Skiff – Non-skid Beige

Today I painted the two thwart benches off-white then masked and applied non-skid beige on the fore deck and the aft benches.

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Nelson Skiff – Painting Bench and Fore Deck

Today I masked off the fore deck and aft bench seats and painted them TotalBoat off-white. Then I banded the center bench seats with fiberglass for strength. Tomorrow I will mask off the fore deck and aft bench seats and paint the center areas with TotalBoat non-skid beige.

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Nelson Skiff – Floor Repair

The last couple of days I finished the repair work on the floor near the starboard bow and the transom at the starboard top. Today I prepped the brightwork and applied the first coat of TotalBoat Wood Finish varnish.

Tomorrow I plan to start painting the bow deck and bench seats.

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Nelson Skiff – Interior Restoration

Today I took care of a couple of small repairs. One in the floor, forward just aft of the bow-deck and a small area at the starboard side of the upper transom. Most of what I will do to the interior is saturate the marine plywood with boiled Linseed oil, varnish the brightwork, paint the decks and bench seating. The two thwart bench seats are in need of minor repair before they’re painted. The paint I’ll be using is Jamestown Dist. TotalBoat off-white and beige non-skid on the forward deck and tops of the bench seats. There are 3/4” marine plywood floorboards that will be saturated will Linseed and placed over the 2”x3” floor framing. This vessel was built to service it owner for many, many years! You’d be hard pressed to fine another like it!!

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Dudley Dix Cape Henry 21 and Puget Island Skiff

This morning a couple of friends and I turned over the Puget Island built skiff. I’ll begin working on the interior restoration.

Also a few pics of the Dudley Dix design Cape Henry 21 and it’s new 3/8” aluminum tabernacle. I also ran the lines thru the fairleads and into the new canvas line bags also a couple of interior shots as well.

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