There are some Wood-Plastic Composite martials the would make a ideal keel
strip. You would pretty much have a permeant solution short of dragging
the boat down the road. The composite material I have in mind is the same
used as substitute for traditional lumber in playground structures. I...
You can buy a set of plans for the Spindrift. Building
the correct rudder should be your first choice. You
could also post on the general sailing forums and
try and get someone to send some pictures of the
unit. Personally you have a really simple unit that
would only require a couple...
The good part is you can get a Sunfish rudder bracket and mount it. The not
so good part is the rudder blade will be too short and you will half to make
a longer one. The other good part is you could buy a spare rudder off
E-Bay. The not so good part is they are way over priced and charge...
Wire wheel or sandblasting is fine. The Aluminum will build up a anodized layer by itself. If used in fresh water there should be no problem. Before painting aluminum chemicals are used to build up a anodized layer. I use a wire wheel and have no problems when stored indoors. I also use...
I had a problem with West Marine as gel coat only has a shelf life
of about a a year. Best to go to a paint supplier to try and get some
fresh stuff. You can brush on gel coat to the area after you do the repairs and fiberglass filler,
you just will not get a exact color match. Trying both...
If you want it to look like new you need to go the full gel coat route. This is a investment in equipment that
will exceed the value of both hulls. The good part is there is nothing better to learn on than a couple
of low cost sunfish hulls. You could split the difference and go with Marine...
I'd be careful about how much the hull weighs before car topping it.
If it's waterlogged it could easily exceed what is safe, especially with
a high center of gravity vehicle. If you are in a hurry probably best
to drill a hole in the transom and install a drain plug later.
Mixmar is correct, less then 12 feet of water and the mast gets stuck in the mud. It's easy to make
the next time better it you tie a empty milk jug to the top of the mast. If may save you from a bent
gaff. If kids are sailing the boat I'd always recommend this as it takes two of them pulling...
It's not hard too find a boat with a bad hull but usable hardware. If it's a good
hull for $100 or less I'd buy it and store it away for when you can find a deal
with usable parts. If nothing more you can get your money back by selling the
trim and drain plug.
Need to find out if the crack is sitting directly over the Tub Flange. Look under
the lip of the deck and see if the tub has separated from the deck. To see if
it's just a gel coat crack or if the fiberglass is cracked you will have to grind away
the gel coat above the crack. How to do a...
The popped seam for the steel plates on the Titanic was over 240 feet
long. That's a hell of a lot of Flex Seal! If they could have slowed the
influx of water and stayed afloat a couple more hours things might
have turned out a little better.