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Forum: Gear & Maintenance   07-21-2011
Replies: 11
Views: 3,333
Posted By nickhughes
Thanks for all the advice, I am going to get a...

Thanks for all the advice, I am going to get a gun and compressor and do some tests before I decide if I want to risk it with the boat.
Will post some pictures when I'm done.

Cheers,

Nick
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   07-20-2011
Replies: 11
Views: 3,333
Posted By nickhughes
Hmm.. the plan was to key the outer layer of the...

Hmm.. the plan was to key the outer layer of the current gelcoat and then add a fresh layer on top (20-30 mils thick), which I would then sand smooth and cut and polish.
Not sure why the current...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   07-19-2011
Replies: 11
Views: 3,333
Posted By nickhughes
Hi Sloop, Yep, this matches my understanding...

Hi Sloop,

Yep, this matches my understanding that it is possible and if done right can achieve great durable results.
The key I believe is to minimise 'orangepeeling' otherwise the sanding can...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   07-18-2011
Replies: 11
Views: 3,333
Posted By nickhughes
Advice on Re-Gelcoating Topsides of a 30' hull

I purchased an old 30' compass last year that had been sitting neglected in the tropical sun for the last ten years and the gelcoat on the topsides was very chalky and in very poor shape.

As part...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   06-28-2010
Replies: 12
Views: 1,687
Posted By nickhughes
I have to disagree. My Dad's first boat when I...

I have to disagree. My Dad's first boat when I was growing up was a 19' Caprice which we had many a memorable family weekend sailing with two adults, three kids and a dog!
My bunk was about 4'6...
Forum: General Discussion (sailing related)   06-28-2010
Replies: 17
Views: 1,285
Posted By nickhughes
Couple of key things to consider if going...

Couple of key things to consider if going offshore

1) Plan your coastal exits and entrances carefully before you leave you do not want to be stuck at the chart table in a swell any more than...
Forum: Gear & Maintenance   06-22-2010
Replies: 1
Views: 744
Posted By nickhughes
Advice for Rebedding and Aluminium Toerail

Water is seeping under the aluminum toerail of my Compass Easterly 30 and staining the topsides and doing god knows what to the inside of the the hull.
I am therefore planning to remove, repaint and...
Forum: Introduce Yourself   06-16-2010
Replies: 5
Views: 513
Posted By nickhughes
And now I can post a pic...

This was her as we bought her, and yes that solar panel was the first thing to come off.

http://nickhughes.net/nicksblog/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/boat-survey.jpg
Forum: Introduce Yourself   06-16-2010
Replies: 5
Views: 513
Posted By nickhughes
Pics

Thanks guys - we are very excited although thank god its winter here as the job list keeps growing!

We are members of Hobsons Bay Yacht Club in Williamstown in Melbourne and we have a mooring...
Forum: Introduce Yourself   06-15-2010
Replies: 5
Views: 513
Posted By nickhughes
First Boat!

Hello!

I have just taken delivery of my first boat (although I have been sailing most of my life) it is a 1975 Easterly 30 from Compass Yachts and we are based in Melbourne.

Although in good...
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