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Post by Burrman » 23 Aug 2016, 23:11

Hello everyone , new guy here, just bought my first boat.
Its a 1955 13ft 8inch Arkansas traveler.
I have searched all over for some info on this particular boat but i am not having much luck, I ran across this place
during my search to try to find out the things I would like to try to find out.
This old boat seems to be really sturdy other than I am going to have to put a new gunwale on it.
I would like to possibly use the same kind wood they used on it but I have no idea what it was since its so deteriorated
then at the bottom of the boat there is just a round hole with 4 holes drilled around another hole in which I am sure was a flange for the boat drain. Does anybody know if these parts are still obtainable and where could I purchase it or will i have to find another route ? I`m also in wonder as to how to bend the gunwale when installing it without breaking, there has to be a trick to it that`s a pretty long bend for a 1/2" piece of wood and there will be 3 of them 2 inside the boat and one on the outside of the boat "per side" and where in the word can I find wood that long. Thanks in advance.

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Post by JMichael » 24 Aug 2016, 07:37

Pictures might help answer some of your questions. Besides, we like pictures. :) As for bending small diameter pieces of wood, steaming it is the best method I'm aware of.

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Post by Pappy » 24 Aug 2016, 10:43

The wood is most likely White Oak.
Steaming is by far the best way to achieve your bends. Search Youtube for different ways to steam.
Those Arkansas Travelers are great boats! A friend of mine was searching high and low for a good
16' aluminum and found an AT and bought it on the spot. Hard to find.

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Post by enginerd » 24 Aug 2016, 12:56

Arkansas Travelers are great boats, my grandpa used to have one and he caught many fish in it.

With regards to the bilge plug, there are several fittings available, but the one for your boat may be proprietary and most that I've seen that sound like your description are brass, which doesn't interact well with aluminum. I assume there may be aluminum or plastic versions, but didn't see any on a quick internet search. Again, pictures would be helpful and fun to look at.
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Post by Burrman » 24 Aug 2016, 15:13

Thanks guys, I will try to post some pics this evening when I get back in town and if not this evening I will get them tomorrow evening.

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Post by Pappy » 24 Aug 2016, 20:38

This is probably the easiest way I have seen to date on exactly what you want to do.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=--iPQIwSEJM

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Post by Burrman » 24 Aug 2016, 22:56

Ok i got a couple pics of what I am working with.
those are both great tutorials on steaming, I am feeling a little better about this :) thanks
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Post by JMichael » 25 Aug 2016, 07:02

If it were mine, I'd add a 5th hole in that drain (make a star pattern) then drill a piece of 1/8" aluminum to match the missing piece. Apply a generous amount of 5200 between the plate and the hull, and rivet or bolt the plate in place to cap that hole. Then just install a standard drain tube in the transom. Have you tested the hull to see if it's water tight yet?

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Post by Burrman » 25 Aug 2016, 09:05

Actually no I have not, I am new to all this, im guessing to test it I would have to fill the boat with water?

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Post by JMichael » 25 Aug 2016, 09:27

Once you have the hole issue resolved (what ever method you use for that), it is much easier to leave the boat on the trailer and fill the boat with enough water to be equal to the water line when it's sitting in the water. Then you just have to check for leaks and mark the leaking rivets. Next you can try to re buck the leaking rivets or install new ones to fix the leaks. Or you may choose to just paint the exterior with steelflex or similar product to stop the leaks if they are minor. Make sure your trailer and tires are in good shape before you start filling it with water though. You'll be amazed at how much weight that's going to be inside your boat when you get it filled.

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Post by Burrman » 25 Aug 2016, 12:06

I gotcha, water I believe is around 8lbs per gallon so yea it would weigh a bunch for sure. Im still searching for a trailer and that might take a little while just because finances are a little tight at the moment.

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Post by Johnny » 25 Aug 2016, 16:42

The brass flange style deck drain is readily available at
Big Box Marine Stores, E-Bay, some hardware stores,
I have gotten 3 from Bass Pro and they work well.
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the hole is the standard 1/2" pipe thread.
Some places sell just the brass plug for $14 bucks - rediculous !!
commonly $4.00 at Lowe's and Home Depot. [for the same plug].
http://www.tinboats.net/how-to-build-a-transom/
http://www.tinboats.net/varnish-vs-polyurethane/
All about Primers = http://www.tinboats.net/primer-and-paint-basics/
Paint, Thinners and Applications = http://www.paintingforpainters.com/

1959 Crestliner Commodore 14'
1959 Lone Star Malibu 14'
1958 Johnson 35 RDE-19 Sea Horse
1958 Johnson 35 RDS-20 Super Sea Horse

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Post by Johnny » 25 Aug 2016, 19:35

Pappy - that "steam in place" technique should be made a STICKY !!!
This subject comes up every now and again.......... great find.
http://www.tinboats.net/how-to-build-a-transom/
http://www.tinboats.net/varnish-vs-polyurethane/
All about Primers = http://www.tinboats.net/primer-and-paint-basics/
Paint, Thinners and Applications = http://www.paintingforpainters.com/

1959 Crestliner Commodore 14'
1959 Lone Star Malibu 14'
1958 Johnson 35 RDE-19 Sea Horse
1958 Johnson 35 RDS-20 Super Sea Horse

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Post by Pappy » 25 Aug 2016, 20:08

Johnny, Thanks! That was truly an WHOA moment when I found that. I couldn't imagine having to construct boxes to do that stuff.
Hey.....you heading to Suwanee in Sept. ? Did you get the email about the Challenge?

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Post by Pappy » 25 Aug 2016, 20:32

Here are some photos of the 16' AT a good friend of mine purchased.

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His is original and kept in pretty good shape. Inspiration for you on a great boat!

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