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1970 O'day 23' Pop Top Project has begun...

Well it has finally begun! We bought her new years day and took ownership on April 10th. It truly was a long winter! We are very happy to have her!

This is my Don Casey boat, because it needs just about everything that is in his Books! It's part of the reason I bought it, I wanted to learn as much as I could - this boat won't disappoint. LOL

Here she is on her way home!



I started with taking the rub rail off to expose the chain plates. The pop top does function, yeah!



I cleaned just the corner to see how well that gunk will clean off. Doesn't look bad at all!





Pop Top all the way up! I'm 6'4" so i'll be a happy camper while aboard.



A little more to show you what i'm dealing with. Oh yah, by the way, the sole is rotted! That's gonna be a fun repair! Lesson number one - never buy a boat while it's frozen solid! LOL





Captain guarding the mast!



That's it for now, more reading and researching to be done.

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More progress. Pressure washed it and removed the "custom wiring".







Now we can start scrubbing and really bring the white back....

Here's the wiring!







I cleaned the bilge somewhat, but can't wait to attack it with simple green. The bulkhead that needs repaired is just 1/4 plywood so it won't be hard to repair. I think the toughest repair is going to be the cabin top and sole. I will have to run stringers on the cabin top before I remove it so it doesn't distort while off the boat. The sole I won't have any idea until I remove it. I did play with the winch for the centerboard and it does making a clunking sound when hitting the trailer while being winched up and down - that's good news!

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go buy about 4 bottles of tylex, the tile cleaning stuff, then spray the boat down. run around with a scrub brush while its still wet then hose off. that should do a nice job of whiting the boat up, as it cuts right thru the mold and dirt.

as for the stingers when working on the pop top, go buy a hot glue gun and lots of hot glue. then cut a bunch of strips of ply wood out of 3/8 ply, about 2 inches wide. then drop the top on the hull, and start gluing strips on edge on the the top with hot glue, make a spider web of strips all glued to each other and the pop top. you will need 2 or 3 sheets of plywood and lots of hot glue, but it will remove when you need to with just a hair dryer, or maybe careful use of a heat gun.

basicly run a bunch of arches from pieces of wood then a bunch of short ones to the pop top.
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Finally making some progress! Started repairing the sole, it's nice and rotted. I'll be repairing it with plywood and west system. Not too bad of a job so far.











Now i'm going to enjoy a cold one!

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I spent the day getting the floor built. It's coming along, slowly! Everything is in there and in place, next tear it back out and prep it. I'm using 3/4 inch plywood - no marine grade, since it wasn't used to begin with. I scored the plywood cheap, damaged at Lowes. Gave it to me for 8 bucks!

I'm at a crossroads now on whether to pot the keel bolt holes? That is the cause of the rotted floor. Hell, it lasted 40 years without - if I do, it will take some more time for sure. This boat isn't an expensive boat, it never will be... I'm just not sure it's worth the time?





I know there are some big gaps, I'll just mix more thickened epoxy!

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The floor is going down. Here it is epoxied down! Getting closer...





Should have the whole floor laid back in place today!

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Glass floor is epoxied down.




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The epoxy has cured. It's like walking on concrete!

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Good job on the sole. Lot of work that will make your sails a lot more enjoyable. Should be good for another 40 years!

I normally run away from pop-top boats, because most of them are so small that they are useless, but that one actually looks usable!

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Remember that the inner "pan" was likely engineered to add strength to the whole boat. The sections cut out and replaced need to have their joining edges chamfered back to allow you to join them with several layers of biax, and the the chamfer needs to be at 12 to 1, per most repair guides.

Since the cabin top structure is not tied to the deck, it is very important not to lose any strength in the inner pan component.

Odd coincidence -- back in the 70's I did a long trip down Puget Sound at night in a sistership to yours. Small world indeed. Back then, anyone sailing an ODay 23 was considered a Big Boat owner!



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