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krupczak posted 12-23-2000 08:03 PM ET (US)   Profile for krupczak   Send Email to krupczak  
What is the best finish to use for the mahogany? The front seat/compartment cover has slots on each end with an unknown material. It looks like a foam or tubing of some sort, where can I find the material? Does anyone know what the round eight inch circle on the floor in front of the front seat/compartment. I would like to open it up and put in a new plastic hatch cover, Is this practicle? Thanks in advance.
dfmcintyre posted 12-24-2000 10:36 AM ET (US)     Profile for dfmcintyre  Send Email to dfmcintyre     
Best finish for mahogany - varnish.

Don't know about foam or tubing on the front seat. I'm in the dark about that. What size and model we talkin about here? I'm assuming it's some sort of 17, 18, or 20. That front seat/compartment.... is it the anchor locker?

The "round eight inch circle on the floor"... doe's it look like it might be some sort of knockout for a porthole? If so, you don't want to screw with it. It's where the factory poured the liquid foam into the hulls.

Best - Don

andygere posted 12-26-2000 03:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
Don't buy cheap hardware store "spar" varnish. Go to the marine store and buy a high quality marine varnish with UV inhibitors. I have had excellent results with Captains brand, but there are other excellent products as well. Use lots of thin coats, lightly sanded in between. Dust control is critical for good results, as is temp. and humidity. Look at earlier threads for an in-depth discussion on varnishing.
krupczak posted 12-26-2000 07:31 PM ET (US)     Profile for krupczak  Send Email to krupczak     
Thanks for all the replies. It is a 13'sport late 6oies. I noted the other forum info on refinishing after I posted this one. I will varnish and go marine. The front seat sets into the opening that trapws water from going into the compartment. Ithink that I have the original cover. It has handles on each end to easily remove it. This cover uses the rubber I described to give it friction so it won't fly off in the wind. The rubber is in a groove and held in with three brass brads. Looking for the replacement rubber material.

The circle that I described is 8" molded into the floor in front of the bow seat. The gel coat is cracked and Im looking for a cosmetic fix. It looks like it is perfect size for an 8" flush mounted screw cap type of plastic hatch. I am wondering if there is a hollow space there or is it solid making it useles as an opening?

My boat is in remarkable shaape for it's thirty plus years. Just stripped the seats and polishing the gel coat. Looking for a new steering wheel. Has anyone tried Overtons? They have a stainless 15" that looks close for a fit.

Thanks for your thoughts.

andygere posted 12-27-2000 02:07 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
The bow locker cover on my '72 13 is made of marine plywood with a mahogony veneer. I assume it is original, and if yours is the same, use care not to strip the veneer off or sand through it. I fastened it down by attaching the ends of a loop of 1/4' bungee to the bottom of the cover. Inside the locker, I attached a stainless hook, centered. The loop of bungee cord is threaded through the hook, but allowed enough stretch to open the locker. When released, the cord pulls the lid down tight, with no rattling or blowing around.

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