I have recently acquired a Navarro Loon (16 ft.) which has never been on the water, though it was made in 1997. This boat was previously used as a decoration in a restaurant, then stored in a garage for several years. She looks great, but could use a touch-up to rejuvenate the wood, etc.
I have done a bit of reading on the boards, and this is what I’m thinking…
First, the wood. I think it may have been varnished a long time ago. Most places have a shiny appearance, but the underside of the gunnels seem bare. I’m thinking of sanding all of the wood and applying Teak oil or Deks Olje D1 (if I can get some). [I should mention that I live in Japan, where paddling is not as popular as in the USA, so many products are expensive/difficult to get.] Also, there are a few black spots here and there. Not sure what they are. They seemed to sand off okay when I tried a couple of spots. Any suggestions re. what grit sandpaper to use?
Should I bother taking off the seats and working on them? How about the yoke? The seats and yoke seem to have more intact varnishing.
Next, the brass on the decks (presumably for painter’s lines?) It’s well oxidized. Should I unscrew and remove it to shine it up or leave it in place?
Next, the seat webbing has some black stuff on it. I’m guessing it’s from the time spent in the restaurant, where black, oily dust seems to accumulate on things. (If you’ve ever worked in a restaurant, you know what I’m talking about.) Is there any way to clean this up? The apparently canvas webbing is definitely varnished.
Next, the bottom looks great, but I want to clean it up.
I was thinking of using this.
Finally, one of the logo decals is peeling off. I was thinking of removing it.
The other side is perfect.
Alright, that’s enough for now. Thanks in advance for any thoughts or advice you may be able to share.