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B24 restoration continues....

What better place to keep a log than here?

Today I ended up cutting about a 4 ft section of deck today due to what I thought was some "light" core delamination. What wasn't rotted, was at least wet. I ended up cutting from the chainplate up to roughly 18" forward of the stanchion. Tomorrow I'll let it dry out in the sun, put a heat lamp on it, and see how it goes.

Who's idea was it to restore an old bristol?


On a lighter note, the interior is coming clean rather quickly. And the repairs needed on the keel are going to be easier than expected.

I'll have some pictures of the damage tomorrow.
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I'm considering restoring one of these, one of my favorite boats. I would love to see all the pictures you have.
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On weds, I went to do the glass work repairs on the keel. The previous owner had drilled some holes into the concrete keel because the boat had taken on water through the top of the keel during a storm. After grinding away some of the glass on both sides of the keel, I found the holes, and a few cracks that appeared to be just surface cracks. When I went the next day to do the glass work, I noticed water had poured out of the holes and the cracks. I decided to grind all the way down to the concrete. Low and behold, about 30 gallons of SEA water began to pour out. The boat had to have been taking on water through the cracks in the glass. I'm hoping it is dry enough to glass tomorrow so I can be finished with the hull on saturday. The other glass work on the hull is all finished.
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Jeremy, where is the crack in your keel that is leaking water? Bristol hulls were made in two molds then clamped together and the inside and outside tabbed with cloth and resin, faired and gelcoated. If the crack is on the bottom in the center than you may want to do more extensive glass work to ensure structural integrity.
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Jeremy, where is the crack in your keel that is leaking water? Bristol hulls were made in two molds then clamped together and the inside and outside tabbed with cloth and resin, faired and gelcoated. If the crack is on the bottom in the center than you may want to do more extensive glass work to ensure structural integrity.
The cracks were about 8-10" or so above the bottom of the keel. I've since ground both sides down all the way to the concrete. One side has been filled, glassed, ground, and it's ready for gel coat tomorrow. The other side still has a bit of moisture towards the bottom. It should be dry enough to glass tomorrow.

The deck repair is still going VERY slowly though.
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Bristol 24 restoration

I took 10 years to refurbish my B24, If you would like pictures, send me your mailing address and I'll send you a comprehensive CD.
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Jeremy, where is the crack in your keel that is leaking water? Bristol hulls were made in two molds then clamped together and the inside and outside tabbed with cloth and resin, faired and gelcoated. If the crack is on the bottom in the center than you may want to do more extensive glass work to ensure structural integrity.

That may be true for the 24 since the molds were acquired from Sailstar, the original manufacturer of the 24, but that is not correct about Bristols which were molded as a whole hull and a whole separate deck. I have seen the molds.
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I have a B30 now but I had a B24 for years. It had been on the hard for several years. Slowly but surely I fixed it up. I had the boat for about 8 years.
Great boat. A little slow, but built very well.
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Smile B24

I hope to pick up a Bristol 24 next week. This will be my first sailboat which needs work. I didn't know there were so many of these still around!
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Is there a chemist in the house?

I'm looking for a chemical solution to a wet concrete ballast. After some research I think it might be possible without damaging the fiberglass or rusting the iron to flush the water out with an inhibited propylene glycol such as Dynalene PG, but would like some advice.

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