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Peter Dicker posted 04-03-2000 07:35 AM ET (US)   Profile for Peter Dicker   Send Email to Peter Dicker  
Thanks lhg for your reply and information about the foaming process. It was probably a bit of wishful thinking on my behalf to expect the hull to finish up as good as the real thing after the repairs.
On a positive note though I went to visit my beloved little whaler in hospital today and was told that the operation had been a success. Two timber beams have been fibreglassed in running the length of the hull and about six inches either side of the keel. The floor was replaced and snake holes drilled to allow foam to escape from the three seperate voids in the hull. The front deck and gunwale rod holders were removed then foam was mixed and poured in through the holes with the hull propped and supported at all different angles. Sound familiar? The original design had only a three inch tube of thick cardboard 'glassed between the keel and the floor and running the length of the boat with no foam! Pretty ordinary I thought.
Anyhow I'm assured by the shipwright that the boat will be heaps more rigid, more bouyant, unsinkable and have a softer feel and better control. I hope he's right. This wednesday she comes out of hospital all buffed and looking great and I'll be taking her straight to the marine dealer to have a new 40hp ELPTO Mercury fitted. Hopefully we'll be together again on the water this weekend. I'll keep you all posted.....Regards Peter.

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