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joem posted 12-12-2001 08:21 PM ET (US)   Profile for joem   Send Email to joem  
I felt the need to write this at this point in the restoration. I do believe that if I had known when I got into I would have second thoughts. This boat has gotten to every sense that I have and every emotion!!!

I read many of the topics and books that people have type and written I firmly believe that I have experienced each one with this boat plus many more. At the time I purchased this boat I thought I got a great deal I am not sure of that right now. I don't want to give up but I got to tell everybody that this is very difficult. I also know in my heart it will be rewarding when it is finished. In one final sentence this is not for the weak of heart.I know it is a little sappy o well.

joem

whalerron posted 12-12-2001 09:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalerron  Send Email to whalerron     
Yup, it will be rewarding when it is done but it sure is painful getting there from here. I have a 1969 Minot that is in near mint condition but it sure takes alot of effort to keep it that way. So, I know what you are going through. I have thought more than once about selling it and buying something newer. But, everytime somebody comes up and complements me on how good it looks, I am glad I own it! Hang in there!

- ron

noswah posted 12-13-2001 07:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for noswah  Send Email to noswah     
Joem, I know sometimes you must wonder if it's worth it all. We have all probably ask ourselfs the same question at one time or another. So just take your time and don't rush it.
I have researched or read everything on this forum pertaining to gelcoat. Some of it is good and some of it is, well let's just say when your ready to gelcoat email me and I'll save you some time and trouble. Gelcoating is much easier than I thought.
daverdla posted 12-13-2001 08:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for daverdla  Send Email to daverdla     
joem,
I know how you feel, but not with a boat. I'm restoring a 1962 morgan - frame off. Actually, it needed a new frame, subframe, wood, body work, etc. There may be an original bolt on it somewhere when I'm done but I doubt it. Its much more time consuming than I thought.

I found that looking at restored cars helps or just talking to people that are involved in similar projects. Sometimes its best to leave it for a few weeks (or months and years). I would think that this forum would be extremely helpful. (wish there was something similar for morgans but its seems that most get professionally restored)

Good luck
Dave

kingfish posted 12-13-2001 09:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     
Noswah-

If you have some good info, why not share it with all of us in a new topic? I for one would be very interested in finding an easier way-

kingfish

gunnelgrabber posted 12-13-2001 09:49 AM ET (US)     Profile for gunnelgrabber  Send Email to gunnelgrabber     
noswah,...second the kingfish..i'm facing that same choice when (or if) to regelcoat ...but i read all of it too and if you can impart some experience and first hand knowledge on re gel coating? please tell us!..we can decide for ourselves. you aren't going to hurt anything by differing.if we all saw it alike there'd be nothing to learn or talk about..let it rip!! thanks...lm
DJS posted 12-13-2001 09:50 AM ET (US)     Profile for DJS  Send Email to DJS     
I go along with kingfish, share what you have. I am always interested when someone has an easier/better way to do something.
David
BurntWhaler posted 12-13-2001 03:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for BurntWhaler  Send Email to BurntWhaler     
jeom.

If could only send you some pics or post them on the forum but haven't been able to work it in.
If you could only see what did wen I first got it, it is burnt that's all I got to say that's BURNT, I'm steal in there and won't let go, so chin up and go getm.

MGD
SpinyDiver

Sinclair7 posted 12-20-2001 01:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for Sinclair7  Send Email to Sinclair7     
hello,
last summer i purchased an 1982 13 foot whaler. i spent the better half of the summer working on it, reading and contributing to the forum. this is my first boat. before last summer i didn't know what gelcoat was. thanks to the forum i was able to enjoy the boat. in my humble opinion, i would consider paintng the boat if i could afford to. i made several gelcoat repairs and found it extremely frustrating. matching color and doing a good job is truely an art form. between the forum and the several books i read i feel pretty confident in this opinion. although it is very good, gelcoat is not a pefrect product. it does not garuntee an osmotic-blister free hull. i would put my money into a good smooth gelcoat repair, color not mattering, and a hull overed with a two part epoxy primer an a good paint (awlgrip seems to be thought of as a good product). someone had mentioned removing two part epoxy primer in another posting. why? it is protecting the fiber glass from water saturation. get the boat in the water and enjoy it, this way you know what your working towards.
Sinclair7
rwest posted 12-29-2001 06:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for rwest  Send Email to rwest     
I went thru the process of a rebuild of a 35 year old 16 back in Jan to April. Didn't think it could be done but a look at my web site will show whole process of rehab. The manogany seat and console really turn heads when I go out on the water.

Ron

www.esva.net/~rwest/whaler

joem posted 12-29-2001 07:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for joem  Send Email to joem     
I tried to look at your pictures but everytime I would type the location it would't bring me to your pictures? I really would like to see them.

joem

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