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JRB posted 04-08-2001 03:33 PM ET (US)   Profile for JRB   Send Email to JRB  
I'm getting ready to re-do the original gelcoat of my '67 Currituck and wanted some information on how the nonskid interior can be replicated. I realize this was molded into the inner hull, so the re-do of it will be somethng of a compromise. The hull is solid w/ minimal-no delamination. There are quite a few spider cracks in the nonskid as well as some bigger flaking areas around the gas tank area. SO obviously a lot if not all of the nonskid deck will have to be ground down. Any help would be appreciated!! I just discovered this site a few months ago and it's great! Thanks to James H. for putting it together. John B.
Soho posted 04-08-2001 10:06 PM ET (US)     Profile for Soho  Send Email to Soho     

I am doing the same chore pretty well, except that I am repainting the whole boat; it has been a pile of work getting all the old paint off and back to orginal gel, which is of course too badly damaged to work with and needs painting, that is an aside. For the floor, I was thinking about just grinding down as needed and painting with a two part and adding some of that gritty substance for the last coat to give me the non-skid texture, but not the pattern obviously. Not original equipment, but should do the trick. My floor is in pretty bad shape with much pitting/flaking and a large area in the stern where I made a repair about 8 years ago. Not sure this helps much with your problem but there you go...


bdb posted 04-09-2001 10:42 AM ET (US)     Profile for bdb  Send Email to bdb     
I just ran across a fellow who is redoing an '83 13. It's going to be gorgeous when completed.

His nonskid was shot. He had the entire boat Awlgripped. The painter ground down the nonskid and did a fabulous job masking and spraying grit nonskid to the original coverage areas. I'm not normally a fan of the grit but I gotta tell you this is one slick (sorry) application. Given the option of factory nonskid or this fellow's job, I'd take this one!

By the by when this jewel is finished she's gonna be a looker. Every inch is brilliant white...yup, the wood too. A new more effective hinged cover has been made for the forward hatch. Lots of little details like routed joints which give a smooth flow to the joinery. A new electrical system uses breakers, where not even fuses exsisted before. The little rig will also get hydraulic steering.

If you'd have told me about this project the traditionalist in me would have hollered. But what we have here is someone giving unencumbered thinking to a styling project. This will be a really fresh looking custom! I didn't ask, but this guy probably has a '51 Merc Lead-Sled out back!

I gave the fellow this web address so maybe we'll see something of the finished project. He was very grateful to learn of JimH's posting of the reference drawings...he really wanted to know where the wood was for mounting purposes.

Harry with the gritty Harpoon

BillS posted 04-09-2001 01:23 PM ET (US)     Profile for BillS  Send Email to BillS     
I did the entire floor of my Nauset using Flex-Mold. Take a look at this site:
Chesapeake posted 04-09-2001 05:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for Chesapeake  Send Email to Chesapeake     
Harry: Noticed that you hail from beautiful Door County. Almost 20 years ago, my brother used to come up in the early fall for unbelievably huge salmon. Do they still run that plentiful and as large as they did 20 years ago?

I have been searching for a good Awl-grip person. I spray small areas myself, but don't have a large enough booth to do a whole boat. Your posting spoke of a good Awl-grip person. Is he close by you? I wonder how he charges his time / jobs. Sure would appreciate any info you might be able to provide. If you'd like, you can e-mail me off-line, so as to not jam up this thread. It would be very much appreciated.


Bob (

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