Professionally built in 1946 and very well maintained. Sailed regularly all year round, including many Port Jackson to Pittwater trips, a much enjoyed yacht. Full International paint system plus annual Altex antifoul (June 2011). New reconditioned mainsail in 2010 with 3 point jiffy reefing and battens. Genoa, staysail, yankee and storm jib older but still serviceable. Very reliable and easy to raise Yamaha 15hp outboard, new in 2005. Rewired in 2005 incl. solar plus regulator, new battery June 2011. CQR anchor (new 2009) plus kedge. 406 EPIRB. Metho stove. Stereo and VHF receiver. New Hatches in 2006. Experience the smooth sailing of a full length keel and the ability to match your sail area to the conditions with a cutter sloop rig. Rare opportunity to own a classic H28 at an affordable price.
I have recently acquired the labour/pleasure of an old (1946) Herreshoff 28, built in California and sailed to Australia in the 70's, i have many questions as she is my first timber boat.
where to start - the boat and the questions
the hull seems to have been fixed at some time with steel fixings which are now rusting out, pushing a few of the dowels right out and leaving many long rust streaks down the hull above the waterline. She has recently had a new bottom coat put on and isn't taking on any water, so i am hoping to leave her in the water for a few months whilst i get some funds together for a 2 week haulout.
So should I anticipate having to remove all the steel fixings and dowel plug the holes in the oregon planking (white oak ribs by the way) and refasten with copper? fix above and below or through the old fixing points?
I have found some rot predictably at the top of the ribs and in a couple of the deck stringers joining the ribs, I guess i'll be learning to steam oak sister ribs in place (strangely looking forward to this), but I have also found some softish oregon planking from inside the hull, a few small patches I think.
So I am thinking of spraying the inside of the whole hull with Glycol (respirator strapped on) with a view to repeating this process every year? a good or bad idea?
One more question for now - one of the main cabin knees is rotten along with the cabin beam it supports, so i'll be replacing these asap, so what timber should i use for structural cabin timbers? not too heavy i suppose, but is oregon (old tight grained oregon i have to hand) to prone to rot?
I most appreciate any advice anyone can offer as most of the boaties i know only understand fibreglass, and I'd hate to mess up a lovely old boat just in need of some serious maintenance,