The interior decking was in terrible shape. It was thin veneer sheets glued to a piece of plywood that had become water damaged and were peeling up. We wanted to make something more attractive and sturdy. I like the idea of reclaimed materials because it’s cheap, environmentally friendly, and it gives the boat more of a story, so I went looking for used flooring. I found a couple that were renovating their home in Oak Bay and had ripped out their oak floors. For a small amount of money I was able to get some beautiful boards from them.
Not only did we screw the boards down to cross braces but we also epoxied all the joints. This deck is strong! We are safe in the knowledge that if we ever want to transport an elephant with our boat, it won’t be the deck that breaks.
After sanding the old varnish off we oiled it using teak oil. There was a ridiculous amount of debate around teak oil vs polyurethane varnish. In the end we went with Manuel’s teak oil, and I must humbly admit that it turned out beautifully.
Here’s some pics from our wood working session to create a new floor board:
We were lucky to have great weather the weekend after we bought the boat so we packed up the outboard and went to take stock of our new purchase. All three of us were pleasantly surprised to find she was in better shape than we remembered. That being said, there’s so much work to be done.
There was a lot of water inside that we had to pump out. That sounds more concerning than it is, since we’re pretty certain it was fresh water. We weren’t about to taste it; I use the term “fresh” very loosely. The boat was left neglected at the mooring buoy for the last two years. The type of water that accumulates in the bilge over two years is not a pretty sight/smell. We ripped out the interior decking. It was made of cheap veneer planks over plywood and it was peeling up all over the place after being saturated for so long. I foolishly volunteered to take the discarded pieces. It was a gag-inducing drive home, even with the windows rolled down.
After wrestling the outboard onto its bracket we took the boat out for our first spin around the bay. The outboard performed amazingly well and this little boat turns on a dime!