Over the years I've worked with a number of owners who do their
own work . Occasionally a boat owner starts off on a project
themselves and discovers that they're into a bit more work than
they originally anticipated , and call me up for an evaluation .
Initially my evaluation is not usually what they want to hear . In
this case the owner was closely involved with the project , and got a
first hand view of what was going on as things progressed , and by the
end realized that I was probably right in countering his initial
suggestion of changing ten to fifteen ribs , to my initial evaluation
of replacing the whole bottom . Here is the boat being unloaded in my
shop with a lot of the initial preparation already done by the owner .
The initial phase of replacing a bottom in a boat like this
is to replace all of the ribs . In the case of this boat the covering
boards were removed to simplify the installation of the new ribs . It
is possible to re-rib a boat without removing the covering boards
, but in this case the covering boards were in pretty bad shape . The
time saved in replacing the ribs with the covering boards off paid for
a large part of replacing the covering boards later on . As the old
ribs were removed the inside of the planking was cleaned up . Cleaning
up the planking without the ribs in the way is also a savings in the
big picture .
As the new ribs are steamed in they are held in with small
temporary screws to be replaced later with copper rivets , as the new
planks are installed .