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mmeany posted 04-16-2001 06:36 PM ET (US)   Profile for mmeany   Send Email to mmeany  
Well... Picked up my first BW on Friday. 89 13 Sport with a merc 40. Built a rig at the side of my garage and began disassembly. Rail off and stored, all wood carefulluy removed (pictures during disassembly, even)and brought to a furniture stripper. Engine and controls removed and put into storage (motor completely gone through at purchase). Interior pressure washed after filling all the holes with silicone. Hull raised, trailor removed, and turned bottom up. Hull stripped of several coats of bottom paint. Now for repairs.
I understand small repairs can be done with Spectrum or a product from Duratek. I do have a hole about the size of a dime that goes pretty deep. I have tried to clean it to see if it is to the foam and I think it is. Does this hole have to be enlarged to really clean it and make a good bonding surface for the epoxy or can it be simply wire brushed? Epoxy has been mentioned many times on this board, but no brand. Can anyone recommend a brand?
One piece of wood (marine plywood 5"x10"x3/4" roughly) is pretty badly rotted. Can someone recommend a supplier for this? Probably expensive, it's the piece mounted to the floor on the left side of the console. Also need a terminal block, are there boating aftermarket suppliers for this type of thing (don't want to drill new holes and want to use original cover) or do I have to go to BW. Thanks for all your help so far.
jimh posted 04-16-2001 11:04 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Epoxy: Use the West System $20 repair kit package to get going with epoxy repairs. It gives you everything you need to start from zero and make a repair. ALso buy their $3 book. Also read my article on other section of this website .

Electrical: binding strips, etc., are pretty much stock or catalogue items. Maybe even Radio Shack might have something.

Wood: the floor cleat piece could be make from a hunk of teak or mahogany. Try a local lumber yard with some fine woods or a marine store as a last resort.

We like to see pictures (especially digital ones that I don't have to scan myself) of repair projects in progress!


Chris J posted 04-17-2001 11:48 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chris J  Send Email to Chris J     
What jimh said, except check out System 3 for epoxy and epoxy information at You may not want to actually buy their product (West is generally easier to find) but their Epoxy Book is available online for free and is full of good information.

as far as the hold goes, I think I'd be inclined to dig at it a little to clean and dry it before repairing it.

mmeany posted 04-17-2001 07:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for mmeany  Send Email to mmeany     
Thanks Gents, I think I'm on my way.

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