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02-19-2008 12:37 AM
Classic30
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Originally Posted by sailingdog View Post
IF the reason the area is "soft" is a detached stringer or floor, you'd be better off re-attaching the stringer.
I had to re-attach a couple of stringers on our boat (funnily enough, in about the same position - port side aft of the centercase!) and found that, even though it looked easy, trying to sand old fibreglass tape in the corner on both sides of the stringer was a real PITA!!

I tried to cut the old tape with a Dremel tool, but couldn't get into the gap. In the end, I scratched the bottom paint with coarse sandpaper, broke off as much of the old tape as I could get to, poured epoxy into the gap and put a bit of glass tape over the top for good measure - and painted the whole mess so no-one would know Will it hold? I think so.. but it's definitely not as good as it should be.

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Adding some glass to the hull isn't a bad idea either, but you should do it to both sides, to keep the boat symmetrical.
Yeah.. otherwise you'll sail 'round in circles!
02-18-2008 10:16 AM
sailingdog IF the reason the area is "soft" is a detached stringer or floor, you'd be better off re-attaching the stringer. Adding some glass to the hull isn't a bad idea either, but you should do it to both sides, to keep the boat symmetrical.
02-18-2008 09:42 AM
CKDK08 If your 81 is like my 82 you should be able to lay on the port side berth and look down into the area of the hull aft of the centerboard. the water tank is in the center blocking that view but there is no liner in that area. Also by lifting the cover under the cushions you can see quite a bit.
The area under the sole is all lead so you can't see anything by removing the sole.
Do some measuring from the outside and see if you can match up the area that way.
Good luck. Let me know what you find.
02-18-2008 08:01 AM
dflyin1 Thanks for all the info so far. It has been raining terribly here but I will try to get a pic this evening. I beleve you may be right about the stiffener. Is it something I should be worried about? I had considered sanding that area down and adding extra fiberglass but wasnt sure if that was going to be a good idea or not.
02-17-2008 11:21 PM
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Ill try to get some pics but i'll be laying about 8 inches from it so they may not be much help. The soft spot is about 2 feet behind the centerboard and to the left about a foot and a half if you are at the aft facing forward. the exact opposite side is a bit harder that that side is.

The cracks are very supperficial in nature and do not appear to be anything more than gellcoat. They are almost hairline in nature. The spot is approximately the size of a basketball.
So it's on the Port side aft of the centerboard and the skin has flexed a bit...

In about that spot you should find some kind of stiffener running between the ribs and the centercase - perhaps the skin has come away from it's supports.. All it takes for this to happen is for someone to put their foot in the wrong place whilst the boat was on the trailer.
02-17-2008 10:24 PM
sailaway21 Send along some photo's. The song chain in Off Topic is a good way to get your post count up. In the meantime, I wouldn't worry over much, it could be normal. Any chance this section of the hull was sitting on a boat stand or something before you got pounding around? And please take a look inside at the spot where it's soft and let us know what the construction of the boat looks like there. You'll probably want to pick up Don Casey's Complete Illustrated Guide to Sailboat Maintenance and start paging through it. It's about the best out there for the projects you're contemplating and worth every penny.
02-17-2008 09:05 PM
Freesail99 As others have said, photo's would help alot. Make sure you make the payment on the new card on time, you may need it, lol ..... I am kidding ( g )
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I basically crawled up under the trailer and used an old credit card to scrape the bottom and that is when I saw it.
02-17-2008 09:01 PM
dflyin1
LOL not a lot. Getting ready to paint it soon

No not much left. I bought the boat in march of last year and decided to spend the summer just having fun and then do the repairs later if there were any. I live in Tennessee and it was in fresh water so I made the decision to wait, I hope that doesn't come back to bite me. LOL

I basically crawled up under the trailer and used an old credit card to scrape the bottom and that is when I saw it.
02-17-2008 08:57 PM
Freesail99 Just a question, is there bottom psint on this boat ? I was wondering how easy you could see the cracks.
02-17-2008 08:52 PM
dflyin1
Ill try to get some pics this week

Ill try to get some pics but i'll be laying about 8 inches from it so they may not be much help. The soft spot is about 2 feet behind the centerboard and to the left about a foot and a half if you are at the aft facing forward. the exact opposite side is a bit harder that that side is.

The cracks are very supperficial in nature and do not appear to be anything more than gellcoat. They are almost hairline in nature. The spot is approximately the size of a basketball.
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