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Re: working on my Alberg (Sea Sprite 23)

Very nice work!

A couple of tips :

If you add colloidal silica to the epoxy, it won't run. You can shape it like wax.

When you drill new holes, you should drill them oversize, fill with epoxy, then drill holes for the bolts. This way the core is sealed from moisture.
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Re: working on my Alberg (Sea Sprite 23)

all well and good.. but I am not using epoxy. I am repairing her using actual glassfibre. Also, early sprites like mine are not cored at all. Everything is solid 'glass
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Re: working on my Alberg (Sea Sprite 23)

has it really been two months since I posted here? Time flies when you are having fun with 'glass.

I removed the rudder due to damage. The bottom had a couple of substantial chunks taken out of it due to a collision with something.. so I removed it to repair it.

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Re: working on my Alberg (Sea Sprite 23)

Art,

Congrats on all the effort to bring back her vitality! I've got Electra #250...maybe not a sistership but a verrrry close first-cousin. Always thought the small Alberg-designed boats had about the nicest lines around and amazing sailing qualities for their size, if you don't mind being wet!

Not many of them out here in the Pacific Northwest though...I feel fortunate to be her current "custodian..." Keep the pics coming! Can't wait to see one of when she's been re-splashed!
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Re: working on my Alberg (Sea Sprite 23)

Thanks for the kind words. I just got done repairing her keel (mostly) In finding out that Flirt had sunk at one time, I discovered a lot of serious glasscracks and poor repairs around her stern and rudder. The Rudder (as you saw) was badly damaged and the keel was badly repaired with a lot of filler material (that reached inside the hull) that was basically faired into place and painted over.

I cut the entire semi-cylindrical slot out of the back of the keel and replaced it with one made from Carbonfibre. I made a mold from half a cardboard tube and built up a replacement part before soaking the cardboard off of it. I then attached a loose bit of C/F fabric that I then wrapped around the trailing edge of the hull to secure everything into place. I still need to finish up at the tops and bottom of the repair and then secure it all from the inside to make sure it is watertight and strong.







With everything cut out, I cut the cardboard to fit and then made up the Carbonfibre repair bits.









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