Hi folks - I have a few questions regarding sailboat repair for a 19' Cape Dory Typhoon weekender. See photo attached.
First issue: Can anyone suggest a somewhat simple fix for this split teak in the cockpit ? I'll have to fix it at the slip, in the water, and don't have much in the way of wood working tools. I'm thinking some adhesive to seal the crack and then a brass screw drilled at the 90 where the two pieces connect, but I wonder if this would be enough to prevent future splitting and was thinking of reinforcing the backside with a corner brace of some sort, although I'm not keen on putting any more holes in the deck so I'm thinking maybe I could attach the brace using epoxy?
Second issue: The previous owner repaired a hole in the corner of the cockpit using some grey epoxy of sorts...not sure what it is. I'd like to sand it out and apply some primer/white gelcoat just to make it look a little better than a big gray patch. Any suggestions on the feasibility of this? Suggestions on paint products to use?
It may be obvious from my proposed solutions here that I'm a complete novice so pardon any naive suggestions I've posed here. Ive looked at youtube to try and find some solutions but can't find anything specific to these issues...maybe I'm not searching under right terms? Also, I've stripped the varnish and am going to apply teak oil.
Thanks for any suggestions!
Note that the split combing partially supports the small bronze sheet winch on the port side of the cockpit which may, in fact, account for the split if the winch base support has weakened at the deck, which I suspect, allowing the winch to rotate outward and "twist" the combing across the grain, causing the split.
Considering the condition of the wood, both the combing and the trim board across the transom (and I suspect the starboard combing as well), the appropriate "fix" would be to remove all three pieces. As for the split board, with that off the boat one could apply West Systems epoxy along the face of the split and then, using some clamps, hold it together while the epoxy sets up. With that, one could drill vertical holes, perhaps 3/16" dia into the combing from the top, across the split, and countersink bronze lag screws across the split to act as drift pins. I'd likely do that at, perhaps, 8" intervals. The holes can then be "plugged" with teak plugs, set with varnish. If I were doing it, I'd add a 1/4" facing to the inside surface of the combing, at least between the aft trim board and the aft end of the dog-house, forward. If you can't find teak--depending upon your locale--one could use light Mahogany which would be close enough. Then refinish all three pieces.
While the combings and trim are off the boat, check the port winch base at the deck and make any necessary repairs there and take a palm sander to the "gray" patch, which I suspect is gray Marine-tex. (Check the inside of the aft bulkhead through the bustle to see what the conditions there are like, as that looks to be a sizable hole.) The best fix would be a "patch" of glass cloth laid over the damage--a small West System repair kit would do--sanded smooth and then painted with gel-coat tinted to match the the surrounding glass. Or simply paint the entire aft bulkhead with tinted white EZPoxy. The color match might not be perfect with respect to the rest of the cockpit but it would be consistent across the bulkhead below the aft trim and likely wouldn't be noticeable.
All of the foregoing really wouldn't be difficult nor terribly time consuming and could easily be done in a day or two. The Typhoon is a handsome boat and worthy of a good fix.