Hey all, I have begun work on an old 74'(?) C&C 27 sailboat. It's currently in the water, in a slip, but is in distress. It needs a lot of work to be seaworthy again. I am generally handy, but I am new to boat repairs and I was hoping some of you fellow C&C owners could give me some pointers.
Here is the link to the album of pictures: Photo Album - Imgur
To start, there was water in the cabin for who knows how long and its left a pretty stubborn scum line. Nothing I've thrown at it is doing anything. Any tips for getting this stuff off?
Some of the teak has torn away from the areas that it was screwed into the balsa(?) cored boards and is rotting. I was told GitRot would be a good remedy for this, any other solutions?
The forward hatch hinges have torn away from the fiberglass, as you can see in the pictures, and need to be remounted. Any tips for remounting them?
Then, you can see the backs of the cockpit compass and depth finder sticking out inside the cabin. It's pretty unsightly. Should they be sticking out this far? If not, whats going on here? And if so, is there supposed to be a back plate to cover them up or should I fashion something myself?
And last but most certainly not least of all is the damn engine. It's an atomic 4 universal gas engine and it's in pretty bad shape. I can't even truly diagnose whats wrong with it because I can't get the head plate off. I've gotten every bolt out but two. I've been pouring solvent and liquid wrench on them daily and putting upward pressure on them by wedging between the headplate and faceplate. I've been giving them constant vibration and solvent in an attempt to break them loose, but to no avail. Are there any experienced atomic 4 owners that might have a tip or two for me here? I'm almost at my wits end.
I would appreciate any comments or tips that you might have! I'm really not knowledgeable about boat cleaning products, working with gelcoat or fiberglass, or boat repairs in general. So any and all advice is welcome! Thanks!