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 Post subject: Old Folbot double
PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 2017 11:38 am 
faltbootemeister

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Picked up a pretty old Folbot double. Instructions have a stamped date of March 10, 1951. Hull is original but leaks badly. It's all wood, apparently made in New York.
Several questions. Technology is old. Ladders on sides are like Klepper. Wood stringers like Klepper. Folbot must have switched to aluminum stringers when they moved to SC.
I have about three Supers in various condition. I'll try a super hull. I really like the all wood frame even it's heavy.
Anyone else got one?


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 Post subject: Re: Old Folbot double
PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 2017 8:04 pm 
faltbootemeister

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I'm answering my own question. No, the 70's super hull will not fit a 50's double. Overall length may be the same but they are totally different boats. ribs are different, cockpit in the 50's was about 5 inches longer, three to five inches difference on top the deck front and rear. Fifties boat had about 1 inch more freeboard. Stems are lower in the 70's and the 50's frame will not come close to squeezing in at the tips.


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 Post subject: Re: Old Folbot double
PostPosted: Tue Jul 18, 2017 8:22 pm 
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What was the 50s hull/deck made of? Rubber and canvas?


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 Post subject: Re: Old Folbot double
PostPosted: Wed Jul 19, 2017 7:22 am 
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It may be possible to build a new skin, even if you don't use original materials. People do build their own folders.


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 Post subject: Re: Old Folbot double
PostPosted: Wed Jul 19, 2017 12:01 pm 
faltbootemeister

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I'm looking at every option now. It appears the original was canvas with rubber soaked in. Fellow I got it from painted it several times with a rubberized paint. Never stopped the leaks. Deck is canvas of course. It's old and tearing.
I'm wondering who has the sewing machine to sew a hull. I wish I had looked more closely at the machines in SC when I visited the Folbot factory a few years ago. I wonder what happened to the machines and the people who operated them.


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 Post subject: Re: Old Folbot double
PostPosted: Wed Jul 19, 2017 10:41 pm 
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Old industrial machines can be had reasonably. In the past many people did piecework at home. There are also home/commercial machines that will do the job. I own a 1955 Pfaff that I use for sail repair and boat covers. Before that I used a 1965 Japanese Singer knock-off. That cost me $10 at a yard sale. Read up on home built folders, and skin on frame boats (SOF). SOf boats use either nylon or polyester I think. If I were replacing a boat skin, I would seek other materials than the original, something lighter and thinner, easier to sew. In fact I might start with a cheap material (used sign vinyl) because I expect to make mistakes at first. You might also bring the boat to a business that makes boat upholstery. Good luck, let us know.


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 Post subject: Re: Old Folbot double
PostPosted: Thu Jul 20, 2017 1:18 pm 
faltbootemeister

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Thank you John. I'm open to any ideas.
I'm searching for a double to take overseas and leave so I'll have a kayak when I'm in the region.
I've picked up some odd boats. I have given up on the old Folbot for the moment. I'm trying to get the Pisces together.
See my new post on that. :evil:


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