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I am new to this websight. I am currently looking at a columbia 24 for short money right now. Its an abandon vessel at a closing boat yard. Its not in bad shape other than some minor damage on the end of the keel, an its missing the rudder. I know I can handle the glass work on the keel, but I was hoping that some one might know how big a deal it is to put on a new rudder?
 

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Yeah this is my first. The weather is holding me up on alot of projects that I want to start on the boat. Mainly glass work. I removed all the brightwork and interior wood (teak and not in bad condition) and have striped all the varnish and sanded it down. I just need some warmer weather to start to stain and varnish it. I have removed all the bottom paint off as well. Im planning to paint the hull navy blue with the interlux two part fiberglass paint. I am building three new exterior hatches (forward, stern, and companionway) out of oak and staining them to match the teak exterior brightwork. I have alot of work ahead of me, but I'm motivated and enjoying seeing her come along. I have a main, genoa, and working jib, all in fair shape. a mast, engin, and brand new running line. Standing gear is good as well. That and the boat was free is what I have going for me. Thanks for the words of encourragment. I know I will be looking for advise along the way.
 

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hey, got the lowboy version of your boat. picked her up for five hundred bucks. not as cheap as you made out, but a bargain nevertheless. worked my butt off on her in my spare time for six weeks, and got her looking pretty good. used west brand bottom and topside (one part epoxy). on the deck, i used rustoleum topside urethane. came out looking pretty good, i think. here's some before and after pics. still got below decks and teak to do, but all in good time. please let me know how your hatches work out as i need to replace companionway and lazarette hatches........
 

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Man, that looks sharp! Yeah I'm really getting in model, The lines of the boat did not blow me away at first, but they grew on me. I've had allot of fun finding literature on the boat as well. The boat sounds like it can handle weather for its size. I guess that some knuckle-head circumnavigated the earth in one. I'm on the south shore of Mass and I hope to take her to the islands, maybe main. I will let you know how the hatches come out. I'm a carpenter so I kind of know what I'm doing. I'm starting with the forward hatch. I'm making it out of marine grade half inch plywood and adhering quarter inch mahogany plywood on top of it and mitering 3/4 mahogany around it at a 15 degree bevel so it will have a smooth profile. If it works out then I am going to make the rear and companionway hatches the same way. If they dont look good I might just make them flat from mahogany by scratch I'm going to stain them to match the exterior bright work and finish them with a clear glossy finish. The hatches and grinding the million multicolor layers of bottom paint are my current projects while the weather is cold.
 

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i'm a machinist/mechanic by trade. wood terrifies me, unless i'm refinishing it, then we are friends. tip, on bottom when removing old paint, use a variable speed feathering sander. it will not gouge, and will leave her smooth as a baby's bottom. our boats are not the fastest out there, but for their size, there's not much that is more able. for example, some nut sailed an islander 24 (sister ship) from the west coast to hawaii. don't think i'd try that with an eggshell catalina of the same size.........
 

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Thanks for the tip! I was going to try and take some of it off with a power washer, any thoughts on that? Also, you know the "shoe" or bracket that the bottom of the rudder fits in to on the bottom of the keel? I need to find/ make one. I have seen them made of copper or stainless steel. Thought being a machinist you might steer me in the right direction.
 

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the keel gods are smiling on you! i believe i can get you a rudder shoe. i'm going to see the former owner of my boat this weekend, i'm almost positive he has one. he did have a rudder also at one time, but he sold his other contender and i don't know if he let it go with it. but this guy has a boner for columbia sailboats, so if he don't have one, he can find one.
a pressure washer will probably take off the loose stuff. use a fine fan tip, i think white? careful around your damaged area though as you may cause some delamination. are you familiar with blisters? these old gals sometime come up with a few. if you find any (they look like what they are) grind it off and patch fill affected area with a little cloth or mat then sand smooth......
 

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That's great news about the shoe. Let me know what he says. I'm still in the shop making my new hatches. The forward hatch is coming out good. The temp has been in the teens around Boston I haven't even thought about the bottom scraping project. I have looked her over for blisters and haven't found any above the water line yet. The former owner painted several layers on the hull witch may have helped protect it. (and now I have to strip it off for the two part epoxy) Let me know about the shoe, thanks again
 

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dude's looking for shoe, should have answer by next monday. can you send pics of lazerette and companionway hatches when you are finished? if i see what i have to do, i can usually do it..........
 

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hey tbeagley, take a look at this and see if it will suit your needs. think it came from a challenger. looks just like mine.......
 

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Thats it! Now the question is how can I get my hands on it and how much will it cost? I finished the forward hatch, take a look. Tads.domed.hatch.cover[1].jpg

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This is the hatch that was on the boat when I rescued her. You don't have to go with the curved top if you wanted to keep it simple. But If you wanted to go the route I went this is how I did it: After measuring the opening that the hatch was going to sit on, then I determined how high I wanted the hatch and how much of a curve, I tried to make the curve to complement the curve of the cabin. I made a rough cut a few inches longer than I needed for two pieces of half inch marine grade plywood. I found the center and measured off the bottom 2 3/4 and and 1 1/2 on both sides. Then i drove a nail at the high center point and bent a flexible strip of wood to each end and traced the curve. I cut the curve with a jig-saw (both at the same time) and used a belt sander to smooth the curve. Then measuring from the center to both ends I cut them the right length and screwed the two 1 1/2 side pieces on. Next I squared it and screwed on the top piece of 1/2 plywood on top. Then I measured the length of the curve (only a strong 16th of an inch longer) and cut the sides on a table saw on a 5 degree bevel. I glued and clamped the 1/4 inch oak plywood on top, traced out the 3/4 oak for the sides and mitered them together ( I had to take some scrap pieces and try out the angles to get them right) I used a brad gun to attach them, then counter-sunk screws and used plugs so you cant see them. The 3/4 oak is an inch lower so it covers the raised lip of the opening. I mostly pleased how it came out. Now I have the rear and companionway to do. This is a pic of the hatch that was there. Tads.sailboat.11[1].jpg
 

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thatzanice! you have patience that outmatches mine, and also must own better woodworking equipment. ya know, you could make some good side dough making them for other boat owners. that's how i pay my slip rent and upkeep on my boat, by doing mechanical and electrical side jobs. anyways, if you want, call me @678-477-1462 (cell) between 800 am and 700 pm or 770-893-2341 (home) between 400 and 700 pm and we'll work out specifics. how about 20 bucks, and you pay s&h?. couldn't be much ups ground or even usps. gimme a yell..........
 

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Just a thought, I am going to have an extra companionway hatch when I'm done with my new one. Its fiberglass and not in bad shape. Also, I'm looking for a portside window (the big long one) if anyone knows of one.
 

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hey tad, sorry for the delay, i've been caught up in life as usual. i'm gonna ship that thing today via ups. i'll email you with a tracking number.............
 

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I am a contender 24 owner which translates to a contender "restorer" and also have a need for a rudder cup or gudgeon cup if anyone knows where to find another one? Also is there some method for sealing around motor&venting when mounted in the lazarette? Has anyone had any luck in replacing long style cabin windows? I am inspired by photos of everyones obviously hard work...makes it seem alittle more worth it now!
 
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