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  1. Repair dry rot laminated wood tiller

    Gear & Maintenance
    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...
  2. Redoing Companionway hatch

    Gear & Maintenance
    I have an Alberg 35 with a companionway hatch that needs renewal. A PO surrounded the stock hatch with teak rails and teak planks. The planks were glued and screwed down from below with some a cosmetic cover. Over the winter, the planks (which had pretty much disintegrated) came off; one blew...
  3. Cedar VS Epoxied Marine Ply

    General Discussion (sailing related)
    Hi there, Just got my first boat, the interior is slightly gutted and will soon be working on that. Been talking to some folks in my community about what my best options for doing the interior are, and it seems there are two main opinions. One being to mill some yellow cedar and use that. The...
  4. Epoxy patch on a polyester keel - 1973 Pearson

    Gear & Maintenance
    I repaired my polyester keel bottom (a 1973 Pearson 30 ) with an epoxy resin and glass patch. (about a square foot). During the patch work I sanded off the gelcoat for the patch down to the original fiberglass. I left about 1 inch of gelcoat around the patch which I’ve de-waxed with Interlux...
  5. Refinishing Wooden Spreaders

    Gear & Maintenance
    Since I'm doing a bit of mast down rigging and replacing wiring/antenna, I have my wooden spreaders off. After a light sanding with a pad sander, they look very good but need a protective finish. The simplest is to varnish, sand, varnish, sand until I build up 6 coats or more. Another option...
  6. Resealing veneer seam?

    Gear & Maintenance
    The back of my cabin is covered with strips of veneer with varnish over them. Over the years water has gotten into the seams and the veneer has expanded the varnish is peeling away. Anyone have any good ideas to restore this? My latest idea is to sand it down and use an epoxy coat to harden the...
  7. Roller Covers for Epoxy Barrier Coat

    Gear & Maintenance
    I have done a lot of looking and can't narrow down the type roller covers for applying Epoxy Barrier Coat. Everyone agrees Solvent resistant and shed free, but can these be purchased at Home Depot or Lowes - if so what exact product? Want to know what you've used successfully ! Only found one...
  8. quick bottom job!??!!-- !!

    Gear & Maintenance
    ELLOOO all !! I was just wondering how/ whats the quickest way to redo a bottom to relaunch in a month? i havve already grinded out most big blisters and bveled to a 12-1 slope with 60 grit been drying for a month i would like to do the following; sand hull and pop the littler ones i didnt...
  9. c&c 99 hull survey question

    General Discussion (sailing related)
    [This was posted to another less active forum, not Sailnet, so my apologies if you have seen this question before.] I had a 2002 C&C 99 hauled out for a survey today knowing that in December 2012 a survey found a void on the starboard side just below the waterline about 1 foot by 6 feet long...
  10. Fiberglass Hulls Over Time

    General Discussion (sailing related)
    I curious if there's a resource out there that does a good job of describing the techniques and types of fiberglass construction over the last 40 or so years. When looking at older boats, I've notices all manner of layups and approaches (thickness, epoxy types, etc), each with their own faults I...
  11. Home-made Replacement Rudder

    Maintenance/How-to Videos
    Here is how we made a replacement rudder for our 1971 Ericson 32 when the original began to weep rust out of a crack. Instead of waiting for a rudder failure, we had a local machine shop weld a heavy schedule 80 SS pipe with a series of 1/8" SS plates, which we infilled with foam and covered...
  12. Making a Rudder

    Gear & Maintenance
    I have a 15' sailboat with an old rudder that is totally shot. The old rudder was fiberglass over plywood. So I copied the old one as a template onto a piece of 3/4" high quality plywood, cut out the pattern and shaped the wood. Now I am ready to put a layer of fiberglass over the plywood. Once...
  13. 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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