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Wood work, bottom paint, keel bolts on Pearson 26
I just bought my new sailboat, a Pearson 26. It is robust and in great shape (deck, hull, bulkhead, chain plates, etc...) but needs to be refreshed and I'm seeking some advice. It hasn't been sailed since 2008 and was stored outside. The hatch boards and their frame delaminate and are falling apart : while I feel making new ones is not beyond my crafting abilities (I found some cool explanations on websites like this one : (butlerprojects dot com/articles/hatchboards), I have no cue of what wood I should use. Does anyone have suggestions and/or experience ? Should it be plain teak, plywood, a mix of both, lumber ? Would a trip top Home Depot be enough ? I would like the new parts to have a pretty wooden look but be water/sun resistant at the end.
The bottom paint is also flaking and while the guys on the yard suggest to just scrape a little and re-apply a layer of ablative anti-fouling paint, I would like the bottom to look smooth and not bumpy of all the previous layers/holes of old paint. Do I have to go to the extend of stripping the whole bottom or is there an in-between compromise ? Also, does anyone know what's below the ablative paint on a Pearson 26 ? Where the paint is removed, I don't see a uniform, smooth layer of gelcoat but more like a textured body that looks like fiber glass ; is this expected ?
Last. the keel bolts are rusted from what I see from the cabin floor ; however the keel-hull join is only slightly cracked on one side, an perfect on the other side of the keel, and there is just a single little smear (5 mm wide) of rust that made its way out from the top of the keel down along the keel body. Pardon the poor description but is it enough to advice in favor of leaving the bolts the way they are, or changing them ? I read about (Dan Pfeifer, and other websites) changing keel bolts one by one, and that sounds like it does not require to move the boat from the stands or realign the keel - actually, it sounds almost too simple - does anyone have experience with changing bolts this way ?
Thank you much for any input/suggestion !