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Repairing the Seidelmann 25
Long time reader, first time poster. I've recently acquired a project boat, an abandoned Seidelmann 25. Its currently sitting in a slip which I'm planning to work out of for now. After clearing out the rotted quarter berths and remains of the sole, I'm left with somewhat of a clean slate... of a sort.
Let me see, 5 of the gussets that span the bilge have rot damage, 4 between 20%-40% and the one where the mast support strongback used to be is completely rotted and needs to be replaced for sure. I was wondering how feasible it would be to apply another fiberglass layer to the damaged gussets?
They are already sheathed with some type of bi-axial +90 -90. The hull is solid FRP and feels pretty thick, but I'm not sure of the stresses those things take.
Other than that, one of the bulkheads has rot damage at its bottom where it extends to the bilge to the gusset that was destroyed by rot. It seems to be pretty stout and the rot doesn't show more than a 5 in above the remains of the gusset. I was thinking of trying to clean the rot out and maybe cutting out the remains that extend to the bilge and modify it to rest on the future gusset.. Is this just a disaster waiting to happen? The bulkhead doesn't have any structural rigging attached to it but it is under the mast area. I heard that automotive coolant is an effective mold killer...
And on top of it all, there doesn't seem to be a through-hull fitting for the bilge pump, but I do have one for the sink thats above the waterline. Would it be feasible to send the discharge through it through a y valve or something?
Last thing, there are some stress cracks around the mast step on the deck. I was thinking about glassing in a piece of plywood as a support pad, but I'm not to keen on removing the gelcoat on the topside. Would the pad still be structurally viable if i glassed it on the other side of the deck instead of on top? I plan on replacing the strongback, but was hoping to make it better than before...