|Project by che||posted 05-20-2007 05:47 PM||3120 views||1 time favorited||12 comments|
This was my first boat restoration. I had helped a friend of mine restore two Thistles and his Jet 14. They are both wonderful boats. The hulls are hot molded plywood which was used during WWII to build some British aircraft. The decks and bulkheads are marine plywood and the internal structure is a mixture of cedar and oak.
The first photo is how I got the boat. The hull was in good shape but there was some damage to the deck. This is a fairly typical condition. The hulls hold up amazingly well. Being soaked in formaldehyde glue helps a lot I’m sure.
The second photo is the finished product. I have since painted the entire outside of the hull white. The inside of the hull is bright as is the decks.
The third photo is the best finished photo showing the interior of the boat. All of the pictures I have show details of the different control systems. Racing boats have a lot of lines to pull on.
The boat has been raced fairly had for a couple of years now and I’ll need to do some touch-up work soon. I have another Jet 14, #16 which will be my next project.