Making repairs to gunwale

Discussion in 'Laser Talk' started by Just A Mom, Oct 16, 2016.

  1. Just A Mom

    Just A Mom Member

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    I posted that we finally found a boat. We're lucky that it was bought, new, by a member of my son's yacht club. Then two years ago one of the kids my son races with bought it. We bought it on Friday. We know the complete history of this 1988 Laser. It was sailed by the original owner about ten times a summer. It's never been outside in winter. Then the last two years it was sailed July and August.

    It's in great condition and all foils, rigging (6:1 outhaul), tiller and extension, XD cunnngham and sails were replaced new in 2014. So, in short, it's well maintained.

    The only problem ssems to be the result of an incident of gunwale versus dock. There are two sections where the gunwale is scuffed up.

    How do we fix this? I assume this has been asked before and someone will know of the thread.

    I am attaching a picture of the spots in question.
     

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  2. Tpink

    Tpink New Member

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    Those look pretty minor, cosmetic only.
    on the bow, i would leave that alone or find a piece of rubber or plastic strip to fasten to it as a bumper of sorts. That area is very prone to marring and scratches.

    on the side gunwale scuffs, i would start with some 320 wet paper on a block and just slowly work on the spot. you will clean it up pretty well with that. just make sure you stop before getting through the gelcoat.

    good luck.
     
  3. chemprof

    chemprof Member

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    For the scuffs, I recommend Collinite Fiberglass Boat Cleaner #920. Amazon sells a 16 oz bottle for $15. Also, consider a plastic bow rail guard and/or a vinylac rub rail like these from APS. -- Ed
    tf001_laser_bow_rail_guard.jpg lp91193.jpg
     
  4. Just A Mom

    Just A Mom Member

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    Are those guards race legal? Just wondering as my son will be using this boat in his CanSail V course and they race in some pretty big regional/provincial races.
     
  5. Just A Mom

    Just A Mom Member

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    Yes, I think every sailing school boat at the club has marks in that same spot. Funny story.....my son says that at his sailing school the right of way rules are in this order:

    1. The rowers (The Canadian Olympic Rowing Team trains here)
    2. The race team (Lasers - my son's level)
    3. The CanSail III and IV students (in 420s)
    4. The Cansail I and II students (in CL 14s)

    He says that when you encounter a CanSail I and II boat you just TURN! LOL! He said they WILL hit his Laser because these are typically 8-11 year olds who are new to sailing and simply can't turn fast enough. Needless to say, that is why every sailing school boat has gunwale or bow scuffs or worse damage.

    Taking a boat out on that lake on a sailing school day is like putting your life in the hands of 10 year olds. :p
     
  6. LaLi

    LaLi Active Member

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    No they're not.
     
  7. chemprof

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    Thanks LaLi, I thought not but didn't want to say. However, consider using double stick tape??? Just don't use 3M's 5200!
     
  8. Wavedancer

    Wavedancer Upside down? Staff Member

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    Nothing to worry about, really. Don't spend time or money to fix those blemishes; that's my humble opinion.
    My boat has similar 'love touches'.
     
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2016

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