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Hello,

I was recently given a "free" snipe that was taking on water and in need of repair. The PO gave me the title snipe, trailer and two sets of good sails/rigging so no complaints from me! I have begun making the repairs and have taken the deck off and flipped the hull over to get at the damage. First off let me say that I read where it should weigh about 380 lbs....not this one!!!!. I found the root of the extra weight the core material is a green foam that is VERY water laden, lol! It looks allot like the green stuff florist use for arrangement put I am sure it is different (I guess). I have cut out the shatter part of the hull and my Question is:

How can I dry out the core? Or can I?

It is inside so more water is not an issue. Also I do object to reglassing the bottom if a need to breech the skin somehow to get air flow in. As am atter of fact i would prefer it since the main reason I took on this boat was to get back in the swing of glassing before I start redoing the interior of a 22 foot sail boat we have purchased to restore. (I would rather mess up on the little one and do a better job on the big project). I used to do glass work for a job but not on boats..maily corvettes and hotrod projects...so cores are new to me. Any suggestions. Some pics are below of the core and damage.

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Re: "Free" Snipe!!!!!

Sorry Guys I just realized that my title might make you think that I am giving away a Snipe. Sorry!
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Re: "Free" Snipe!!!!!

Depending on the year of your 'free' Snipe there may not be any core at all.
Foam core material is a somewhat more recent development in the world of composites.
Nevertheless, dry out the hull as best you can: heat gun, hair dryer, acetone, fan, whatnot.
It looks like it is a pretty thin shelled hull so I see no need to try to repair it using any kind of foam core. Glass, epoxy and thickeners should get you there.
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Here is a pick with the damage removed I had to cut it out as it was crumbling in my hands so I just cleaned up the edge with a multitool. In the oner you can see how the core is used or at least what I am calling a core.
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Re: "Free" Snipe!!!!!

cut the inner skin and core about 1" bigger then the outer cut you made. Feather the inner and outer skin edges of the skin back about 2". epoxy in the new core material from the inside. glass both sides with the original thickness of glass fill and sand flush. good sorce for core material, glass and resin Composites from Aircraft Spruce
The core is PVC
DIVINYCELL FOAM PVC from Aircraft Spruce
a little cheeper but works well is Last a foam
http://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalo.../lastafoam.php
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Re: "Free" Snipe!!!!!

Some good examples of HOW TO here clicky
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