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Floridaboy posted 04-15-2003 09:07 PM ET (US)   Profile for Floridaboy   Send Email to Floridaboy  
Hello. I'm new to the forum and recently got my hands on a 1970 13 sport. It's in fair shape and I am readying for the restoration. The hull is littered with spider cracks, but otherwise it is solid. There is several coats of bottom paint and I am considering repainting below the water line with bottom paint, and gelcoating or painting from the waterline up. On the interior, I am considering using the UltraTuff in Boston Whaler blue to hopefully preserve the integrity of the checkering while giving it a great new look. How should I get started? Do I just sand and paint, to put it bluntly? How can I minimize future spider cracks? Should the spider cracks that are there now be treated somehow? Thanks in advance for your help.
onoitskd posted 04-20-2003 07:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for onoitskd  Send Email to onoitskd     
I just refinished that very same boat. Spider cracks, layers of bottom paint, horrible gel coat. I also chose Ultra-tuff for thi interior, and I would suggest it to anyone so far. Spraying on is the best application method. I routed out all the big cracks and folled with West System & filler, and rolled the entire boat inside and out with West. I finally sanded the gel coat off and rolled again with west and filler. This kept the gel from trying to crack through and mar the finish and provided a barrier coat. I used Interlux 404/414 Epoxy Barrier Kote primer on the outside of the hull, Interlux Brightsides paint - roll and tip method on the freeboard and MDR inflatable & dinghy bottom coating for the anti-foul.
Back to the Ultra-tuff, use their primer, CP-10 I believe, it seems to adhere well. Clean immediatly any overspray, as it is there when dry, and call in assistance as it does dry quickly. I hope to launch this week. Good luck with the restoration.

Now for my question, there was in the past an image on this website that showed the placement of wood in between the hulls for attachment points. I have lost the measurements for replacing my console brace on the floor. Can anyone help?

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