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  1. Tanzer 26 spider cracks

    Boat Review and Purchase Forum
    Hi, We are looking for a sailboat to buy and we came across a Tanzer 26 that is full of small spider web type of cracks. Particularly on the port side. Some extend into the side of the hull. I have never seen this, so I am curious as to what may be the cause. I attach some pictures that may...
  2. Gelcoat worn away on hull just above waterline. Emergency?

    Gear & Maintenance
    A few square inches of gelcoat on my boat have worn away just above the waterline where it was rubbing on a float (for months). I had so many things to fix last year that I didn't think to monitor it until today when I saw light coming in the side of the hull there. I know I have to fix it...
  3. Fiberglass crack on seat

    Gear & Maintenance
    Thinking about purchasing a 1985 Catalina Capri 22. Is this fiberglass crack on the cockpit seats something to be majorly concerned with?
  4. 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...
  5. Vannoy Boatyard

    Orphan Brands
    We are looking at a custom Roberts Offshore 44 built by Vannoy Boatyard in Washington State. I know BRs were all custom but I can't find any hint of information about a Vannoy yard. Has anyone here heard of that yard or know anything about fiberglass boat building in Washington State during the...
  6. Post fire, Beneteau 373 "In over by head" PROJECT boat

    Post fire, Beneteau 373 "In over my head" PROJECT boat I’m the proud new owner of ’06 Beneteau 373 project boat. She’s sustained some significant fire damage from a boat that burned to a crisp just one slip over. (Link below). I expect I’ll hear a lot of “you’re in over your head kid” over the...
  7. Fiberglass Repair on Hull at Rudder Bolts on Prindle 16

    Gear & Maintenance
    Any advice with this fiberglass hull repair would be MUCH appreciated! My Prindle 16 began sinking last time we took her out! One of the hulls was taking on water...very quickly. Fortunately we made it back to shore safely. After this experience, I inspected the boat and found that a repair is...
  8. Deck hardware: OK to attach with screws only?

    Gear & Maintenance
    I am planning a project to bring my halyards back to the cockpit from the mast, which means two stand-up spring blocks and two deck organizer type flat blocks. However, the section of the deck where I'd be installing this stuff is ...actually not sure how to describe it, but there's a "cavity"...
  9. Fiberglass Bow Tip Repair

    General Discussion (sailing related)
    Hello, Earlier today I made the huge mistake of hitting the pillar of my dock at the marina. Yes, it was an operator error, yes it was very windy, and I take full responsibility over what I did and will definitely take this as a huge lesson learned :(. However, I have a question on how to go...
  10. Constructing a Hard Dodger

    My boat is a 76 cal 34 mkii. She needs a dodger and I am considering building a hard Dodger. Looking for tips on this type of project, links or pictures would help. I do have fiberglass experience just not sure how to get started thanks. Ron
  11. Are these blisters, cracks, or what?

    Gear & Maintenance
    I have a 1970 Contest 30. It's been sitting on a trailer for a long time. Recently I noticed some cracks and discoloration on one side of the hull. I am trying to figure out if these are blisters, cracks, or what. The boat has an encapsulated ballast keel. There is a deep bilge about where the...
  12. Mexico For Refit?

    General Discussion (sailing related)
    My boat was damaged in Hurricane Dolly a few years ago. She needs a new bimini, some fiberglass work, a bottom job, teak work, rewiring of the mast, stancheons, solar panels, wow. I hate to think of it all. she is located in Port Isabel. I am thinking, if I could get her to Mexico, maybe...
  13. How often should I take her out of the water?

    General Discussion (sailing related)
    I want to buy a used sailboat, but she's been in the water(freshwater) for 10 yrs. I don't think she's been out of the water during that time. I will double check with the owner to see if she's been taken out for maintenance, etc. What are possible problems that I should be concerned about? (The...
  14. 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...
  15. Rubbing Compound Question???

    Gear & Maintenance
    :confused: Just bought a C&C 35 this fall. Overall great condition, but definitely in need of a buff. Medium oxidation (in my non-expert opinion). Now my question - what's the best product for this? I went into my yacht yard's ship store looking for 3M Rubbing Compound. The guy working...
  16. 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...
  17. Help for DIY fiberglass hatch cover

    Gear & Maintenance
    The forward hatch cover on my Cal 27 needs replacement. The old hatch is a hinged wooden frame with a glass inset that fits over the combings. I am considering trying to make a fiberglass hatch 24' x 24"-- basically a box lid. I have some experience with fiberglass, but am looking for any...
  18. My First Fiberglass Repair

    Gear & Maintenance
    Hi All, I'm about to attempt my first marine fiberglass repair, and just wanted to check that my plan is solid (so to speak..). So the problem is that the wooden strut in the rudder assembly at the top of the picture below has come loose from the fibreglass. This has lead to a small mount...
  19. tinkering with cabinetry and tabbing

    Gear & Maintenance
    OK, Today I removed a panel behind the stove and opened an area that might have been hidden from sight for maybe 45 years. This is what I found: the bulkhead of it aft (right side on the last picture) is not tabbed on that side, only on the other side (the tabbing on the other side can be seen...
  20. Wood vs Fiberglass Maintenance cost/time

    Gear & Maintenance
    Hi, my husband and I are in our mid-40s, still employed (I work from home). We are spending so much on rent in this Area, that we decided to buy a boat and live aboard for a few years, which will actually let us save enough money to hopefully put a down payment on a house (here/somewhere else)...