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'63 sport hull
|Author||Topic: '63 sport hull|
posted 04-14-2002 01:14 PM ET (US)
I am in the process of restoring my '63 Sport and I hope I have not gone too far before finding this. I drilled a hole in the bottom of the hull last fall and no water came out, which I took as good news. Now that the hull is upside down for sanding, I can depress a two foot section down 1/4" or so meaning that it has delaminated. I've read past postings but want to know how bad this is before I continue.
I've already finished the wood, bought several new parts but not an engine yet. Somebody please lift my spirits and tell me it's okay! What else can I do?
posted 04-14-2002 08:45 PM ET (US)
Not good news but also not the end of the world either. I would suggest taking a piece of the foam to a fiberglas shop and have them smear some resin on it. Probably the polyurethane will work. What you want is a resin that DOES NOT disolve the foam. Once you get the right resin, drill a series of holes in the problem area and inject with,,,large industrial syringeinto the void between the skin of the boat and the foam. Let this all cure then fill holes with some type gel-coat repair.
If this is your only problem I think you are in good shape.
A 63 is a very interesting craft...see the thread about the Chain Saw Whaler in General forum
posted 04-14-2002 09:54 PM ET (US)
Does the foam have to be dry? I stuck an ice pick in the hole I drilled last fall and it was wet.
If so, how can it be dried?
posted 04-15-2002 10:48 AM ET (US)
At the risk of sounding ignorant....what if NO repair was made (except repairing the ingress points), what would happen? Would it (the foam) deteriorate further?Is this an option?
posted 04-15-2002 02:08 PM ET (US)
Inject it with foam.
posted 04-15-2002 02:50 PM ET (US)
Bigshot,Jim suggested resin and you say foam...which one is best? Where can you buy it?
posted 04-15-2002 03:44 PM ET (US)
Don't look at me to what is better.....just a suggestion. The foam can be bought 2 part at marine stores or the "Great Stuff" from Home Depot might work. Better than nothing right?
posted 04-15-2002 04:18 PM ET (US)
Bigshot, thanks for the response. I spoke to Bruce at the Whaler dealer in Portland, ME and he is suggesting the same as you as he has been through this before. He suggests to dry the foam out by drilling holes in the affected area and hooking up compressed air (1-2 psi only) and letting it sit for a week. Then fill with Great Stuff frome Home Depot and tap continuously with rubber mallet so it seats evenly.
I'm going to try it (need to get my wife and daughters to help flip the boat upright tonight) and will let you know the results. Thanks forthe suggestions....this is a great website!
posted 04-15-2002 10:24 PM ET (US)
Is Great Stuff the foam in a spray can used for sealing leaks in houses?
posted 04-16-2002 11:17 AM ET (US)
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