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TimPorter

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Covid boat projects
« on: April 30, 2020, 11:20:44 PM »
Anyone doing any fun covid boat projects?  I have a few on my list but haven't really started anything yet...  Trying to get some motivation so I figured I would ask what others are doing.

Robert Homer

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Re: Covid boat projects
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2020, 12:21:40 PM »
I have some gel coat hairline cracks adjacent to my jib sheet track. The hardware has been re-bedded and the rot has been addressed so just some cosmetics. Iím sure it will be fun trying to mix up a matching batch! Anyone else?

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Re: Covid boat projects
« Reply #2 on: May 01, 2020, 01:36:58 PM »
I guess I did have one.  I let some local kids and a friend of mine that normally sails a Scot borrow the boat for the Lake Norman Keelboat Midwinter regatta. The traveler blew up.  We got the repair kit and replaced the bearings.  I had never done this so it was a good learning experience.  They provide a bag of bearings and this little plastic "track".  You slide the traveler on that plastic track and slide the bearings in.  Had to cut the little plastic thing short to fit between the traveler track and the side of the cockpit.  We were able to replace the bearings without having to take the entire traveler track off the boat.  Woot woot!  Ended up working very well, and I kept the track in case anyone local ever needs to do the same. 

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Re: Covid boat projects
« Reply #3 on: May 04, 2020, 03:49:11 PM »
I have to deal with the keel bolts/nuts being loose and allowing the keel to free willy. Not a good feeling out on the water when those bad boys come unglued!

The cause is the keel down trailer. When the old owner did it I think he miss judged the height of the pads and it was loading the nuts up when on the trailer. I think I am going to just through bolt them now.

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Re: Covid boat projects
« Reply #4 on: May 05, 2020, 12:42:23 AM »
I have to deal with the keel bolts/nuts being loose and allowing the keel to free willy. Not a good feeling out on the water when those bad boys come unglued!

The cause is the keel down trailer. When the old owner did it I think he miss judged the height of the pads and it was loading the nuts up when on the trailer. I think I am going to just through bolt them now.

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Tac Boston

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Re: Covid boat projects
« Reply #5 on: May 09, 2020, 04:11:21 PM »
I was hoping to work on the boat this weekend but it is snowing up here! Can 2020 be over yet? Well except for U-20 NA's in Detroit :)

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Re: Covid boat projects
« Reply #6 on: May 12, 2020, 03:37:28 AM »
Just came in from power washing the driveway. It is now worthy of the arrival of 222 from it's winter storage den.  ::)

I have some gel coat nicks in the rub rail to address.  Also planning to replace the gasket on my keel.

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Re: Covid boat projects
« Reply #7 on: June 28, 2020, 12:30:32 PM »
Normally I keep my boat at our summer place in Maine, about 200 miles from my home.  In late May I brought it home to do some minor work on it and give me something to do during the covid 19 restrictions.  I started with finishing the gel coat on the v birth.  I had not completed this after repairing my stringer two years ago.  (Thanks to Richard Hunt for his help in getting me started on this.)  I have been doing some miscellaneous repairs and cleaning things up.  In cleaning it up I found hairline cracks around the port jib sheet track.  It appears that water has been seeping in around the bolts that secure the track, and the core was damaged.  I have now cleaned out the damaged core material and it is drying.  I plan to replace the core with epoxy and fiberglass cloth.  Bob, I am interested in how your repair of the hairline cracks comes out.  Any suggestions for matching the texture of the non skid finish are appreciated. It looks like the texture from a smooth foam paint roller.

It is nice to have the boat in the garage, be able to work on it occasionally, and think about sailing.  Thanks to Tac, I am looking forward to trying out a new jib and new to me spinnaker.

I am still hoping to get into the water this year, but it is not looking promising here.  July is almost here, and Maine is still requiring a two week quarantine.

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Re: Covid boat projects
« Reply #8 on: June 29, 2020, 02:25:10 AM »
I may be looking for your help instead, I had the boat in the shop for some other items and the re-bed of the jib tracks but it still feels soft to me. And now I have the hull/deck bond issue. I really donít want to lay the boat up another summer but this boat still needs some work. Would have been nice to get one when they were new and I could have taken care of it.
« Last Edit: June 29, 2020, 02:27:22 AM by Bob714hb »

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Re: Covid boat projects
« Reply #9 on: June 30, 2020, 05:28:26 PM »
I checked my boat for a problem with the hull/deck seam.  I could not reach one quarter of the boat because of where it is parked in my garage, but I did not see any failure.

I have had my boat for quite awhile now.  The stringer repair two years ago was my first attempt at fiberglass repair.  I build furniture as a hobby, so I have some similar experience, but this is new to me.

Good luck with your boat.  If I can help you I would be happy to offer what I can, just let me know.

Allen

 

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Re: Covid boat projects
« Reply #10 on: July 02, 2020, 01:15:13 PM »
I spoke with Vince Valdes who was a U20 builder and he told there were different products used for bonding the hull to the deck (Iím just going off what we discussed over the phone so I may miss some details) and what was used on #92 is less flexible than what was used on later builds. Heís confident he can make the repair and it should last without further problems. So hopefully weíll be back on the water soon. I still need to go after the core issues. If anyone has undergone that repair I could sure use some advice. I love the boat and I want it to last far beyond me.