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swoodfield posted 07-11-2001 01:31 PM ET (US)   Profile for swoodfield   Send Email to swoodfield  
I have a '73 Nauset. The exterior and interior Gelcoat are fairly severely "crackled". Surprisingly, the are only a few dings/scratches into the laminate layer. Obviously the deeper wounds need more attention with West epoxy and Spectrum gelcoat repair. What would you suggest to repair the rest of the "crackled" hull? I'm afraid to sand down too much gelcoat. I do not want to pain the hull because I'd like to stay with a more "original" appearance.
Bigshot posted 07-11-2001 01:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Paint looks great and you might not have a choice. You want to seal up those cracks.
hauptjm posted 07-11-2001 02:25 PM ET (US)     Profile for hauptjm    
Swoodfield,

A friend bought a 13 two years ago for his 14-year-old boy. It was a '66 hull in horrible condition. The gel-coat was "crackled" as you stated, seemingly beyond repair. It sat in a boat yard untouched, in direct sunlight for over 15 years. He had a friend "skim-coat" the entire deck and hull with an epoxy mixture. The whole boat was sanded and then shot with a light gray Awl-Grip. Not only did it look great, but also it as withstood quite a bit of punishment, and looks like a little CPD boat to boot. He lost very little in way of the texture in the decking. It's not as pebbled as new, but acceptable nonetheless. Add a new rub rail and varnished mahogany seats et al, and his now 16 year old has a great boat. I believe the whole project cost less than $700.00, because it was bought for $100.00. Good luck.

p.s. I'll try to get some digital pictures and send them into jimh.

Samars posted 07-12-2001 07:35 AM ET (US)     Profile for Samars  Send Email to Samars     
Hauptjm, I am also interested in any more details that you may have on the $700.00 restore. what is exactly skim coating? did your friend simply layer another coat of fiberglass over the crackling?
I have a 67 13 standard..solid but also have crackling all over...thanks
LarrySherman posted 07-14-2001 11:38 PM ET (US)     Profile for LarrySherman  Send Email to LarrySherman     
I'm interested in how it is done as well. could solve many problems for me.

Larry

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