Old Town lapstrake runabout
This boat is a classic example of a fresh water runabout. While Old Town is best known for its canoes, they also produced some fine lapstrake boats. Here it is before we began work. There were various broken and rotted pieces and the finish was rough.
The rotted stem is removed. The boat's quite flexible.
Most of the ribs in the boat were replaced as well. In a canoe these ribs would be cedar, but in the runabouts they're oak. Fastenings are copper clench nails.
Besides the deck, the owner also wants a mahogany framed windshield. Here we're beginning the mock up for it. Plenty of clamps holding the toerail in place!
Another view of the boat. It can often be seen on Lake Megunticook in Camden ME. A beauty!
One of the planks was cracked and needed replacement. Scarphing in a piece of plank to its forward half is a bit tricky on a lapstrake boat.
A form was made and a new oak stem was steamed and bent into place. The bevels have yet to be cut on it.
The boat originally had a plywood deck. We are installing a traditional mahogany laid deck.
Here's the boat ready to go. The owner found a matching vintage outboard motor!