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Old 11-02-2015, 07:56 AM
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First picture of the floor all cut out
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Old 11-02-2015, 07:57 AM
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Got the boat blocked up and set up some shade and cover to save me from the relentless florida sun, and hopefully give me a little more time to work with curing resin etc
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Old 11-02-2015, 07:59 AM
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Floor cut out with some pressure cleaning done
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Old 11-02-2015, 08:00 AM
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Cut the rear porting of cap off to begin work on the new transom, also built a quick jig to hold the transom skin in shape for the mean time
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Old 11-02-2015, 08:03 AM
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Now this is where I am up to as of today.. the grinding work on the transom has taken me 10 times longer than it "should have", because 80 percent of the transom was still rock solid dry wood, the part where the put drive hole was filled it had multiple layers of glass and wood, and about 1038463 screws, and broken off screws...
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Old 11-02-2015, 08:05 AM
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Note the original green/blue resin. That's pre 1970 resin, the good stuff with all kinds of cobalt, lead, asbestos and whatever else in the resin before the epa was formed haha. A good suit and respirator are KEY when grinding on this old resin
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Old 11-02-2015, 08:17 AM
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solid glass stringers?
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Old 11-02-2015, 08:21 AM
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Yep
Only problem with them is the boat wasn't self bailing from the factory, so I gotta come up with a creative way to raise them. I have a few ideas but any other ideas are welcome
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Old 11-02-2015, 08:41 AM
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Only problem with them is the boat wasn't self bailing from the factory, so I gotta come up with a creative way to raise them. I have a few ideas but any other ideas are welcome
I'd just build the stringers up with a bunch of non glassed nidacore, which shouldn't be that expensive. Epoxy it down to the stringers and go as high as you need to.
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Old 11-02-2015, 05:19 PM
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Harvest Time are you finding any wood besides the transom? Are you finding any problems with the tabbing of the stringers to the hull? Do you think the layup is of vinylester or polyester? The self bailing thing is tough. On my boat the floor sits below the water line and the cockpit is a step down from the transom deck. Loven the pics and the work, keep it up.
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Old 11-03-2015, 06:15 AM
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Midcap, that was one of my ideas
Clamdigger, There is a 1 Sq ft piece of wood in the rear center of the cap between the 2 hatches, also another piece in the front of the cap where the cleats go. I think there was another spot in the floor near the front by the "cabin". But very minimal. The wood everywhere WA sin perfect shape, like the day they put it in in 1966
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Also my per side stringer , some of the tabbing is broken loose. I'm going to re tab all of the stringers, the tabbing is only about 4 inches wide, not enough imo. I belive it's polyester resin, hard to know for sure though
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This should be good, subscribed.
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Definitely enjoyed this thread so far
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Its nice to have such a well buit platform for your new additions. Do it right,and keep the pics coming...
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Harvest Time I found the wood under the cleats and wood all the way around for something to screw into for the rubrail, all are in great shape. This boat really is made well, I also have no coring under any glass and hardly any spider cracks in a 45 year old boat. The layup for my transom is almost 3/8" thick. Could you recommend an online mail order place to get the proper respirator and suit for grinding? Im going to be following everything you do and using your thread as a instruction manual for my resto, hope you dont mind. Looking good and keep us informed on your progress.
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Old 11-20-2015, 06:19 PM
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Finally finished grinding, I sandblasted the sides to get the old gel coat out of the woven texture for a better bond as well. I'm going to be picking up my materials monday, and the fun will finally begin!
I also am always keen to making my working environment better so in addition to my cover I added a large led worklight. It's daytime bright now even at night, let the long hours begin
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I also built that large work table on wheels in the background for cutting glass etc.

Clamdigger, I wouldn't know where to order online as I live 1.5 miles away from 2 different fiberglass shops lol nice living right next to Hinckley, Jim Smith, Garlington, Whiticar, Bonadeo etc
Clamdigger, quick question. When your boat is in the water, where is the waterline in relation to the rear chine corner? If I had to guess waterline would be about 2.5 inches above the chine corner in the rear. I'm getting ahead of myself and doing measurements on where I think the waterline is going to be for my floor
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