Boatbuilding Blog

March 26, 2012

Spring Maintenance

Filed under: Maintenance — tomlarkin @ 9:19 pm

Haulout on a perfect early Spring morning:
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Bow Repair

– we ran into a dock and a floating log in the past month.

First, I cut out all cracked and splintered fiberglass and wood:
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Taped the area and made a little work space:
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Sealed the wood with epoxy, then filled the rest with epoxy-based filler:
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Took a little break after all that work:
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Sanded smooth and washed with solvent:
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Painted it black:
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Painted the bottom paint:
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Changed the lower unit oil:
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She’s ready to start the cruising season!

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November 26, 2010

Lead Ballast

Filed under: Maintenance — tomlarkin @ 8:24 am

I’ve had 300 pounds of sand in the bow for the last few months. Before that, she floated almost six inches higher forward than designed, and it always bothered me.  I shopped around for lead to replace the sand, and found a guy near Gig Harbor that sold lead at less than half the price the local companies wanted ($.80 per pound vs. $1.80).  It was a fun trip to the country to pick it up.

So, here’s 300 pounds of lead next to 300 pounds of sand.  The lead is just a bit more compact. The bars are small enough to fit beneath the forward sole, out of the way.
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