This boat is an earlier Hackercraft built
in the early 1990's . There are a lot of these boats around . They are
a good running boat with a classic look . The main problem with
every one that I've seen to date has extensive deterioration in the
bottom . The thinking at the time they were built was that you could
use sub-standard grades of wood to build the boat with . Then "
encapsulate " the wood in epoxy and it would last forever . I
think Epoxy is a wonderful modern material and am glad to have it available ,
but it is not a substitute for craftsmanship , good fits , or using a
grade of lumber that has proven rot resistance . Once that there is
even a pin hole in the encapsulation , water will find it's way in , the
wood will expand a bit and more fractures will appear in that
rigid epoxy waterproof coating , allowing more water to get into the wood .This
boat came in to the shop initially for mainly cosmetic touches ,
but after spending a few days taking apart the interior
and getting a closer look at the bottom the plan changed .
The hardware is all removed and catalogued . Then the interior is
labeled and dismantled to gain access to the bilge area of the bottom
After poking around a bit in the bilge it became apparent that
something not so good was happening behind that " encapsulation " .
Had it been one of two areas I would have probably filled the bad
spots with some penetrating epoxy . A lot of the frames even looked
pretty good on the outside , but made a hollow sound when tapped with
a hammer , telling me that they weren't as good as they looked . It was the deterioration of the
frames that led me to the conclusion that the boat really
needed a new bottom .