Sabreman: Thanks for the info! It's always great to see how people do certain jobs!
Brimur: The offer for assistance is greatly appreciated
I have a fair idea of how to attack the problem, but would love to hear your take on it. I'll be sending you an email separately..
Where on Lake Ontario are you? Boat's in Whitby, but it'll move to a storage yard in Toronto in October, and moored there next May.
As for the story behind the boat - I bought it from a kid who had grand dreams and little money to fix the issues..
The story behind the boat is quite interesting actually (which leads me to think you probably don't know this particular boat)..
About 5 years ago, boat shows up at the marina in Whitby, Ontario in transit from Montreal Quebec. Guy says he wants a slip for the night and he'll be gone in the morning. He ties up the boat, leaves to go get groceries or something, and never comes back.
Eventually the marina seized the boat, sold it at auction to one of its employees who already had 3, and he sells it to his friend as a "great way to get into sailing". Unfortunately for him, he's bitten off more than he can chew, and can't afford the storage fees, etc.. after 3 years, I got the boat for the current season's outstanding fees and a case of beer.
She's rough, but the bones are good, and she's complete. No delam in the hull, no oilcanning, no blisters, decks are rock hard.. Not to say there aren't some issues here and there, but the boat is far from rotten. Stanchion bases are still great with no softness - only the area where the chainplates enter the hull requires recoring/rebedding.. I'm sure I'll get some nasty surprises (and actually expect some), but overall I'm extremely happy with her.
In case you know the boat, her original name was Lickety Split..