Many people dream of owning a classic wooden boat. The following article on the restoration of a wooden dinghy shows that if you go small, this dream is actually quite affordable. You will have to invest some serious time, but the result is well worth it.
About the Wooden Pirate Dinghy Class
The Pirate is a dinghy class that had a huge success in Germany. Since the 1930s, more than 6.000 boats of this class have been build. While Pirate-class dinghies in perfect sailing condition are not particularly cheap, there are many boats in need of restoration one can get for very little money or even for free.
This made the pirate a perfect candidate for boat building apprentice Lennard Voigt. He was looking for a dinghy restoration project to do on the side. In 2005 he found his boat: a wooden pirate build in 1962. Although he knew it would be a lot of work, it took even longer than expected. He put in a total of 520 hours, mostly on weekends and during after-work hours. Even though it took him more than two years to get sailing again, he states that it was totally worth it.
We agree on that, but look for yourself.
Restoring the Deck
Rebuilding the Dinghy Below the Waterline
Rebuilding the Centerboard Case
Varnishing after the Rebuild
Refloating the Wooden Dinghy
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