I recently bought a project boat that needs a lot of work - an old Derben Oceanette 15ft. I’m looking forward to fixing her up and getting her going again over the course of the year!
She needs a new deck, stringers, transom ect but unfortunately, someone before me already made a start on the repairs, so I can’t measure some of the old rotten wooden parts as they were disposed of years ago.
It appears to me that someone may have replaced most of the stringers running lengthwise. They appear to be sound when you knock on them. I’m worried that they have been replaced with ones that are too small, they don’t seem like they really achieve anything? I don’t know if I should leave them alone, rip them out and put something stronger in there or leave them there and put bigger ones beside them. Currently they measure 25mm wide by maybe 12.5mm high.
The transom sounds a bit dull in places, so I'm going to replace it. Instead of having the small bit of wood just in the center, I was going to make it a full height bit of ply.
Also, for the ribs, transom and deck I was thinking of using 15mm CD ply.
I'm really interested to hear any thoughts or opinions of anyone who has some experience in things like this.