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Taylor posted 07-30-2001 06:25 PM ET (US)   Profile for Taylor   Send Email to Taylor  
Ok, one more for the newbie...(Thanks, guys!)

When I look at these 15-20 year old boats, some of them look a little the worse for wear. They need someone who cares.

Up at my beachhouse, I have *some* time to mess with one on weekends. I also have plenty of tools, woodworking skill. But my wife wants a deck, so I have to weight the alernatives :)

What I want to know is how hard are older whalers to fixup. Specifially:

1) Rust stains where the railing meet the gunwale. Will some kind of rust remover bleach this out?

1a) The corresponding SS railings and fittings (chrome brass?) vary from just discolored to pitted.

2) Teak that looks grey and splintered (I think I just sand and oil, and replace whatever is too cracked)

3) Dingy OEM seats (but not cracked)... can I just treat these like I might an auto vinyl seat and use a bunch of 409?

4) Delamination in the transom next to the engine (this one scared me off, how do I know if water has gotten into the hull?

5) Gelcoat, generally, how hard is this to buff out, assuming I already have the Bosch 6" random orbital sander (this is one serious sander!) Can you do anything with this for the non-skid parts?

6) And varnish... I got that part down, I own a 1904 house.

Thanks, -Taylor

Bigshot posted 07-30-2001 06:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Rust is easy, acid or wet sand, other stuff works too.
Teak, you be the judge, but it uually cleans up easily.
Railing fittings usually get a bit nasty and van be replaced. Welcome to the brass pitting the chrome plating, etc.
Gelcoat is usually no problem. Rubbing compound, wet sand if REALLY bad,etc. EAsier than a car, hard to burn gelcoat.
Seats, do NOT use bleach, will rot threads. Seat covers,etc are relatively cheap and will eventually need replacements. $200+/- for new seat and cooler cover,etc. Not a deal buster.
Cracked transom-Usually deal buster. My 17 has a slight delam in the corner where the hulls meet, used a pick and it was hard as a rock, still glass under it. Just filled with clear epoxy.

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