Finally found a little Clinker

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Finally found a little Clinker

Post by JERSEYMAN » Tue Dec 17, 2013 8:56 pm

Hello all,

I finally found a period little clinker dinghy, 12ft and watertight as it was still on a mooring, it came up for sale with a modern 15hp Yam, when I asked if he would sell the boat separately the seller told me all the money was for the motor and the boat I could have for £80 and he knew someone selling a trailer for £50, the deal was done without a haggle. When I got home I had a really good look around her and found no damage or rot, all she really needs is a really good sanding and varnishing, will look nice with a seagull on the back :D

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My only concern is that I know relatively little about clinker boats apart from the basics, can anyone recommend a good book on restoring and looking after these boats? Thank you.

Rene

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Re: Finally found a little Clinker

Post by bobbybob » Tue Dec 17, 2013 9:13 pm

magnifique!!!

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Re: Finally found a little Clinker

Post by spiderg » Wed Dec 18, 2013 1:49 pm

What a find, looks fantastic. Santa came early to you, that's for sure.
Get on the web there's sure to be scores of useful tips and help.

Cracking buy!!!

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Re: Finally found a little Clinker

Post by JERSEYMAN » Wed Dec 18, 2013 2:24 pm

Little open boats cannot be given away here, I have been using a little 12ft fibreglass dinghy in nice condition which I have been trying to sell for the last month, complete with trailer, the starting price was only £200, no interest then down to £100, still no interest, last week down to £50 ono nothing not a single call, I have just noticed that one of the tyres on the trailer has gone down and it is just not worth getting it repaired :shock:

So it's of no surprise when a little wooden boat that would need maintenance in the future sells for so little.

If any of you guys want a free 12ft fibreglass dinghy with a trailer, you are welcome to come and get it, in fact it could fit on the roof of a car and I will dump the trailer,

Sad to have to dump the whole lot otherwise, sign of the times I guess :o

Rene

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Re: Finally found a little Clinker

Post by phil » Wed Dec 18, 2013 7:15 pm

That is a great little boat it would likely be the equivalent of £ 500 here, at least.

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Re: Finally found a little Clinker

Post by Charles uk » Wed Dec 18, 2013 8:17 pm

You stole that Rene!
Make it idiot proof and someone will make a better idiot.

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Re: Finally found a little Clinker

Post by Oyster 49 » Wed Dec 18, 2013 8:22 pm

Whats your tipple Rene? I'm having a pint of it! First a barn full out old machinery and a rare Marston, now a boat to go with it. Amazing! Well done.

My advice with the clinker boat is to strip all the old varnish off, do any minor repairs and revarnish. There are some very good epoxy varinishes around now. Then use it! Avoid leaving water collecting on the inside but I would think it would be better to store outside, covered but away from frost. If the wood dries out too much it will shrink and start to leak.

Nice!

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Re: Finally found a little Clinker

Post by JERSEYMAN » Wed Dec 18, 2013 10:09 pm

Thanks for the advise, sort of what I looking to do,

Quite a sad state of affairs over here if I'm honest, a real throw away society, everything now has to be shiny and new. Restorers here are few and far between, old boys are getting older and younger ones cannot be bothered, friends of mine think I'm nuts tinkering with old seagulls "what do you want to do that for" and don't get me started on the "smokes a lot, cannot be very Eco friendly" brigade who change their outboards every year or two. Moan Done :(

Anyway, I'm very happy with the boat and cannot wait to get started on it, I will post some photos as I get on with it and always keen on what advise you guys can offer,

Thanks

Rene.

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Re: Finally found a little Clinker

Post by Charles uk » Thu Dec 19, 2013 12:06 am

If it isn't broke it shouldn't need fixing, find an old boy & ask him the questions.
Does it have a makers plate?
What sort of timber?
Make it idiot proof and someone will make a better idiot.

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Re: Finally found a little Clinker

Post by lakeviewlad » Thu Dec 19, 2013 11:30 am

Nice one! Sound looking wee boat,will look fantastic with a Seagull attached. :) Perhaps it was built in your locality,that would be a bonus. :)
Remember,dust and dirt are the enemies of all moving parts...keep your motor clean and it will repay you!

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Re: Finally found a little Clinker

Post by kevinemery » Sat Dec 21, 2013 7:52 pm

Rene
You need to have a talk to your "smokes a lot, cannot be very Eco friendly" brigade who change their outboards every year or two.
The carbon footprint of a Seagull is going to be so low compared to a new outboard that they should be embarrassed.
Up to half a cars carbon footprint is in the manufacturing process based on a 100,000 mile lifetime. Running your car after it has reached the 100,000 miles actually reduces its footprint. I cant see why it would be any different with outboards.
They may pollute more than a modern outboard but their carbon footprint must be so low that it out-ways this.

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Re: Finally found a little Clinker

Post by CatiGull » Sun Apr 13, 2014 12:29 pm

Indeed Kevin. On our side of the pond, where SUVs are common, the manufacturing carbon footprint can be 5x the tailpipe carbon load.
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Re: Finally found a little Clinker

Post by Double Dutch » Tue Aug 05, 2014 9:59 am

Hi Rene,
great boat you have.
You got it nearly for free, we Dutch like that. I payed lots fore for mine.
I like wooden boats. I have 2 now, my other is a 19ft clinker build with an inboard, but to be converted to steam power.
My 11ft sails very wel with one of my outboards. Both boats are sealed with a polymer sealant and are both water tight.
I am not keen on epoxy coatings, just Polymer sealant and Owatrol D1.
I have them both on a trailer, so the won't see water very often.
Wkr DD

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Re: Finally found a little Clinker

Post by Paris H » Mon Aug 25, 2014 9:59 am

I bought myself to a clinker last week also! They must be coming back in fashion!

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Re: Finally found a little Clinker

Post by Charles uk » Mon Aug 25, 2014 10:41 am

Do I see Kauri there?
Make it idiot proof and someone will make a better idiot.

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