Another kevlar boat in for renovation, a Swift 16' this time. While the hull is in near perfect condition, it is heavily oxidized and the wood has suffered from being left outside upturned. Trimmed in ash, it needs sanding, bleaching and sealing.
Nice Swift details like a sliding front seat
This boat also has the curved solo paddling thwart behind the carry thwart, all blackened from exposure
They sure come apart easier than an 80 or 90 year old woodie.
Rotten tips stopped just short of the cherry decks, a nice touch
Whether classic or contemporary, they dont like being left out in the weather over the seasons
Typical deck rot
DY, designed by David Yost, swifts prolific and talented designer. Great paddling boats and a great guy to meet.
A quick buff shows the oxidation will come off the gelcoat nicely
Lots of black rot starting.
All good reasons to give modern boats trimmed with wood the same care as the classics
Framework going back in after refinishing, and new gunwales going on.
New tips scarph joined on both ends, remarkably decks survived and were not rotten.
Completed boat shined up, good as new
Ready for delivery back to the owner, as spring fast approaches and the last of the snow melts.