I was out in my kayak last week and found this Sea King boat overturned in the marsh. I tied a rope to the bow and towed it back to my beach.
From stern to bow, it measures about 11' 9". Whoever owned this boat registered it in Maryland in 1978 and I’m guessing that may be the year the boat was made. Although it is certainly possible the owner purchased the boat used. There was a bailer from a milk bottle dated 2020, so my guess is the boat was lost during an extreme storm surge we had last year.
Anyway, I’ve see a few reports online (especially here on tinboats.net) where people have refurbished their Sea Kings. And I’m starting to set up a place in my garage to do the same! I have several questions about this boat and hope the experts here will chime in.
As you can see all the wood parts are pretty much shot. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated on what kind of wood to use for the seats and how to treat the wood. I’m assuming use plywood for the transom?
And then there’s how to get the old paint off. The paint used on the bottom and the interior is very rubbery. I’ve never seen anything like it. Does anybody know what product this might be and how to remove it. Maybe a pressure washer (2500 - 3000 psi) will get this stuff off?
Finally, I see that some Sea King owners are putting flotation boxes under the seats. I will look into doing this as well.
Other than that, should I test for leaks once I get the old paint off? What other considerations?