I am restoring my tiller, made (I believe. edit: I have no idea what it's made of, and teak/oak is probably on the optimistic side!
) of teak and oak laminates, and I had to remove a fair bit of rotted material near the forward end if it. How can I fill this portion and reinforce it with epoxy and fiberglass? Is it worth my time? This is off a Newport 30.
1. kill the mold spores by saturating it all with alcohol a few times, and try to mechnically remove all visible dark rot or soft wood.
2. Use epoxy, perhaps thickened with glass fibers (for structure), to fill the lost wood. I might employ a thick soft plastic taped around the tiller to rough out the shape, and then grind it down after it has set. I wonder if that amount of epoxy will melt the plastic...
3. Grind down to shape.
4. Fiberglass (with more epoxy) arround the the repair, and down the tiller somewhat, and then grind/sand to finish, feathering it at the base of the repair.
5. Varnish it all with 6 coats of spar varnish? or what.
Thanks so much for your help and/or comments on any given step!