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05-19-2013 11:56 PM
bljones
Re: Soft Sole Replacement

Nice work, squidd. On both the sole and the trailer.
05-19-2013 10:37 PM
SloopJonB
Re: Soft Sole Replacement

It looks more substantial than most boatyard cradles.

Maybe a few lightning holes in those beam webs? That would really make it look "techy".
05-19-2013 03:30 PM
Squidd
Re: Soft Sole Replacement

Thanks guys, I did buil it myself to custom fit the boat...

Being on the large size for a trailer sailer and more of a "transportable boat" I wanted something substantial to carry, hold and store the boat on so I came up with this...

Pulls like a dream with my half ton Chevy, and launchs like a 15' aluminumboat at the ramp.... 20 minutes and by myself...same with loading and pulling it out...

I'm in and out of there before the big stinkpot drivers finish yelling at their wife on how to back up a trailer...
05-19-2013 01:50 PM
jameswilson29
Re: Soft Sole Replacement

It looks custom built, out of steel I beams.
05-19-2013 01:47 PM
SloopJonB
Re: Soft Sole Replacement

That's a great looking trailer - far more heavy duty than the vast majority of them out there.
05-19-2013 11:30 AM
Squidd
Re: Soft Sole Replacement

Really wasn't that bad of a project...took three months, but most of that was "waiting" time to dry out warm up and harden up between coats...

I counted 12-14 actual "hours" of work....Haveing it in the back yard where I could work for an hour here and there helped... I would hate to travel two hours to work for an hour and then two more hours home...

Work keeps me busy till after Memorial Day...then I can start taking weekends off...So hopefully splash first of June...

I have most all my spring list done, just need to clean out the inside and reload my gear, wash and wax the outside and check the trailer over for the ride...I'm 2 hrs away from bayfield, so I didn't see the fire damage yet, but it wasn't near the bay anyway...

Buddy came over and painted my trailer for me...minimal prep (but that's OK) we had to mix 3 different colors together to have enough product (but that's OK) Looks better than the rusty mobile home frame it started as...and that's OK...

I can't see the trailer when I'm out on the lake anyway...

05-17-2013 10:28 PM
Squidd
Done Did It...!

Taped off an area for the Non Skid...Enough to cover my recore work and leave a good inch or so of original sole showing...



Kiwi Grip went on easy, and rolled in just enough texture to cover the epoxy work (which was pretty smooth in itself) Looks like I need to do a second coat of deck paint on the remaining sole to brighten things up...



Pulled the tape while the Kiwi Grip was still wet (according to directions) and and caught a good edge...Now my old bilge covers look a little....well...old...so maybe that's where I'll invest in the Teak and Holly plywood for replacements...



A little over the "Lowbuck $100 threshold" but not by much....and I have a solid sole that looks as good as original...
05-16-2013 09:40 AM
blutoyz
Re: Soft Sole Replacement

Rock on with yo bad self...that looks brandy new
05-15-2013 10:10 PM
Squidd
Re: Soft Sole Replacement

Got 'er painted, after this drys I tape it off and Kiwi Grip it...

Rustoluem Marine Primer and Marine deck Paint left over from redoing the deck last year....

05-12-2013 08:07 PM
oysterman23
Re: Soft Sole Replacement

HI Squid, coming along nicely. I like putting a bit of pigment in also...my sole is primed at this point. Waiting till I catch up on various other projects before getting too civilized below decks....

The kiwi grip sounds like a quick durable solution, it will be great to see how you like it and how it wears over the season.
Hope youll post something every now and then to let us know

ChrisCod
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