Rails are on under old rails, bringing boat depth back to where it should be. Another benefit is all the rib tips are solid and sanded down to new wood. Boat needs no new ribs, and a minimum of planking. Set for solo work with 2 thwarts and two carry thwarts, a solo seat will be built for using a double blade paddle. If the owner decides they want to use a single blade, a traditional caned seat can be hung from the rails at any time.
Rather than cut it the rail tips and redo the notch on the top of the stem as is more traditional, we opted for another style where the gunwale tips are joined and fastened down into the stem top.
Wide cant ribs to be fastened
Nice old stock Cherry, decks and thwarts from the same board
Cutting deck sides using a bevel gauge to transfer the corresponding gunwale angle.
Chestnut heart lobes, typically Chestnut but also common to many earlier Peterboroughs
Decks left proud of rail top to allow for crown
Grey , weathered wood
Weathered wood gone, revealing very nice Cherry colour
Nice big pile of Cherry chips
Lined up to ensure stems line up and boat stays true
Carving crown in deck
Crowned deck installed
Similar seat to whats up next, to be made of white oak and cherry slats
Epifanes version of turquoise
New layout of 15'er
Small amount of planking to be repaired
Solo seat location will be best just aft of centre
Next is interior strip
Next is build the seat, repair plaking and strip the interior, varnish and canvas
Dressed up with a rug and an all wood paddle, will look classic as well as be more stable, safer and have room in front of the paddler for the occasional grand child