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  1. Teak

    Gear & Maintenance
    I've recently purchased a 1982 Catalina 30'. My first keel boat. Boat had been let go. Had to redo the electrical in November. Spent money and had the hull scraped, filled, epoxied, and painted. The deck teak is in shabby shape. Can I get advice on best ways to treat the wood. Should I sand...
  2. Patterned non-skid surface. Any way to replicate after damage?

    Gear & Maintenance
    Same colossal project of a boat I’ve posted about a few times. Sustained fire damage from blow-over from a neighboring boat. Fiberglass needs considerable recoating. The boat is at my dad’s shop and I have his auto mechanic (w/ some experience laying fiberglass) doing the work. Figuring it out...
  3. What the heck are these?

    General Discussion (sailing related)
    I have been trying to figure out what these deck fixtures are. See photos. They have substantial backing plates so I assumed they'd be load bearing in some way. Boat is a 1966 Pearson Commander. Any input is appreciated. If you can identify them please give info on how I'd use them.
  4. Deck Painting Project - Topside Paint & Compatible Primers

    Gear & Maintenance
    Third round of questions for this novice... I'm 2 days away from painting and have some concerns I need advice on before I screw something up. So far my prep work has consisted of filling all cracks and dings with epoxy, sanding those spots smooth, sanding down areas with excessive spider...
  5. hatch repair

    Gear & Maintenance
    The companionway hatch cover on my Victoria 18 is cracked and needs repair. I believe the construction of the hatch, like the deck, is balsa-cored fiberglass. I'm looking for advice on material and technique for a strong repair. What weight of glass cloth? Do I replace the core? Etc.
  6. Exterior Night Lighting Ideas

    Gear & Maintenance
    Hello, I am looking for cool ways to light the exterior/decking of my 36' Sailboat. It's a 1973 so there are just the nav lights as is. I am basically looking for mood lighting to use while night sailing/cruising, or turn on when I'm at dock. Please respond if you have any ideas of lights to use...
  7. Bimini for a P-30

    P30
    I have a lot of questions about doing this right. The task seems to be getting more challenging and expensive. First step seems to be to relocate the traveler to the deck just behind and between the deck grab rails. When tapping on the deck it sounds hollow. The traveler feet back plates will...
  8. Painting the deck....

    General Discussion (sailing related)
    Hello all, Amateur here looking for some solid advice.... The gelcoat on my grampian is old and hazy... Cracking and just all around worn n weathered. I can't afford to go crazy and repaint the entire boat hull & deck... Nor do i want to start the project and remove all the hardware attached to...
  9. Engine oil stains on deck gelgoat

    Gear & Maintenance
    Hi, i made a terrible mistake and drooped some engine oil on the white noskid gelcoat of my deck. It happened at night and i realized this only in the morning when the oil had been washed out and absorbed by the gelcoat. Now i have some back round spots, i am wondering what is the best way to...
  10. Moisture in decks

    Gear & Maintenance
    I’m strongly considering purchasing a 1988 Pearson 31-2. The boat is in great shape with one exception – it has numerous high moisture readings around the lifeline stanchions and the teak toe rail. I know it can be repaired at some cost but I’m not sure what that would be and whether it is...
  11. Getting Dinghy on Deck

    General Discussion (sailing related)
    How do YOU get your dinghy on the deck? I would like to occasionally bring our 90 lbs hard dinghy onto the forward deck and flip it upside down. I have a spare halyard. I thought I once saw someone get it above the freeboard using a block off the boom and then bring it toward the bow with a...
  12. Teak Deck Replacement with Nonskid

    Gear & Maintenance
    Today I started the BIG job of replacing my teak decks on my 1981 Cheoy Lee ketch. I just did a small section of the cockpit near my port jibsheet winch. I'm using this post as a guide. It took four hours from getting my tools out until the area is mostly clean. The first step was removing the...
  13. Hull-deck joint - suggestions needed Int'l Folkboat

    Gear & Maintenance
    hello - the previous owner of this Int'l Folkboat solved some hull-deck joint leaks with caulk. i need to figure out whether to take off the old caulk and redo the same sort of thing, or epoxy it, or something else. since this will be only my 2nd year as a member of the yachting class i'd...
  14. Hull to deck joint question

    Gear & Maintenance
    Hello, Yesterday I came to the troubling conclusion that my core is waterlogged and rotten. I could not feel it as the deck of my boat is narrow and the top part of the sandwich is rather heavy. The bottom part of the sandwich is very thin on the other hand. You can jump on the deck and tap...
  15. Cockpit Centric Sailing

    General Discussion (sailing related)
    Let me preface this by saying I'm from Florida. I'm spoiled by warm tropical waters and warm weather. That said... Why are sailboats designed in such a cockpit centric manner? It seems like there is a lot of wasted deck space for lounging and enjoying the ride. I would love to see more designs...
  16. Maintain character of teak decks with nonskid

    Gear & Maintenance
    I have a Cheoy Lee 41 that had beautiful teak decks when she was new. Now they're 30 years old and the caulk is all dried out and lots of the bungs are missing. There are only two leaks that I know of coming through the deck. What I'm interested in isn't the process of replacing the teak...
  17. Seeking opinions for deck and hull-deck joint repair

    Gear & Maintenance
    I have a three part question and would like several opinions. I am replacing the soft deck in my Balboa 20 which is best described as a swing-keel pocket cruiser. Water infiltrated several places where previous owner and even the factory did not protect the core when fastening through-deck...
  18. Teak Deck Treatments - The Best ?

    Gear & Maintenance
    Hi all, No doubt a much discussed topic, but we are about to take ownership of a new Beneteau Oceanis 50 which is fully teak decked, so a lot of teak, and the discussions I have found are a few years old now, so perhaps time to review this subject ? I read often of the recommended 'wash once a...
  19. Lowering mast has gouged a whole in Deck

    Gear & Maintenance
    Lowering mast has gouged a hole in deck Hello all, I have a 1985 U.S Yacht 25/Pearson 25 and the tang where the boom vang connects at the bottom of the mast has gouged a small hole in the deck aft of the mast after repeated mast lowerings. The plywood is visible through the 1" X .5" gouge and...
  20. Questions on restoring deck on 1974 Laser - Pic Heavy

    General Discussion (sailing related)
    I am pretty excited since I just got home with a new to me 1974 Laser. My 30-ish word story is I sailed a bit with my Dad on his laser when I was in high school (1983-ish) and thought it was kinda cool. 5 years after that, me and my brother took out my Dad's O'Day 14 and ripped up and down a...
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