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  1. Cactus Cowboy

    Got it Home...Now in the "What Did I Get Myself Into" Phase

    That's exactly the sort of outfit ya want, no middlemen involved, just materials direct from the warehouse to you... beats paying double (or triple) at some boat shop, lol. Those boat shops in San Diego will rip ya off hard if you let 'em... :eek:
  2. Cactus Cowboy

    New to me free boat

    Small fan or even a blow dryer will help eliminate some of that moisture... :confused:
  3. Cactus Cowboy

    More issues with our hull!

    When I used the 2-part foam, I mixed it in a pitcher and then poured it through a funnel (while the mixture was still liquid). :confused: Had the boat already positioned as best I could, so the mixed foam settled where I needed it. Cutting into the hull and making the target area more specific...
  4. Cactus Cowboy

    More issues with our hull!

    True... you don't have much time once the 2-part foam is mixed, which is why it's so critical to get it where it ya need it before it starts growing like 'THE BLOB.' :eek: How about using slightly larger holes & a funnel? And moving quickly from hole to hole, lol... ;)
  5. Cactus Cowboy

    More issues with our hull!

    And THAT is the choice the OP has to make: go to the trouble & expense of using 2-part foam, or opt for the cheaper route and bring on the cr@p shoot, which may or may not solve the problem. Meh, maybe he'll luck out... :rolleyes:
  6. Cactus Cowboy

    New to me free boat

    Yeah, and they did a poor job too... problem is, if ya try to tear it outta there, it might cause even more damage. Maybe trim what you can without going too deep, then rough up what's left and use plenty of resin before & after you lay down matt or cloth. :confused: Maybe you'll get lucky...
  7. Cactus Cowboy

    Got it Home...Now in the "What Did I Get Myself Into" Phase

    The price ya pay for being a "yacht owner!!!" ;)
  8. Cactus Cowboy

    More issues with our hull!

    Okay, just got the call, and Tommy is the man... he says to use 2-part foam, which you can order from any good industrial warehouse that deals in that sort of product, it'll be much cheaper than buying it from a boat shop or marine supply store. The foam comes in different densities, he...
  9. Cactus Cowboy

    Rudder leading edge repair help??

    I was always partial to products with polyurethane (anything with urethane, since I'm an old skateboarder, lol), but any varnish will offer protection and help rebuild those outer layers where the wood was abraded. I'd just sand that rudder smooth and get it varnished for maximum protection...
  10. Cactus Cowboy

    More issues with our hull!

    My friend used Clark foam, if I remember correctly... I'm gonna call him in a few moments and ask him about it. I may be confusing brand names here, as my friend bought some supplies from an industrial warehouse in San Diego. Diversified Materials Company, something like that... resin by the...
  11. Cactus Cowboy

    More issues with our hull!

    Expanding foam is probably your best bet... problem is, nothing sticks that well to cr@ppy old degraded existing foam. Also, the new foam tends to expand in directions which are useless for your purpose... the path of least resistance, so to speak. Just an idea here, be sure to hear from others...
  12. Cactus Cowboy

    Rudder leading edge repair help??

    You're gonna have to sand it anyway, start with that and see how much of the problem you eliminate... you can always build the leading edge back up with multiple layers of varnish, close enough to original specs for it to make no real difference. :rolleyes:
  13. Cactus Cowboy

    I need educating please.

    "Bare-bones Chinese caulk gun from Depot, no have cutter, no have pin... use cleaver to cut tip, chop down hard!!!" ;) Hey, it's a 'Newborn' gun, perhaps the cutter and pin have not developed yet, lol... :rolleyes:
  14. Cactus Cowboy

    Got it Home...Now in the "What Did I Get Myself Into" Phase

    Dunno about the "giants..." ;) But not many people can say, "I sailed a Laser to Los Coronados!" :rolleyes: Or: "I sailed a Minifish the length of the Salton Sea!" :D In moments like those, all the effort seems worthwhile, lol... :cool:
  15. Cactus Cowboy

    Got it Home...Now in the "What Did I Get Myself Into" Phase

    I like your enthusiasm, OP, and don't sweat the repair work... one day, I'll tell ya about the "buyer's remorse" I experienced when I bought this train wreck of a fixer home over two years ago. Now it's clean & comfortable, and everything works, lol. :) It'll be no different with your boat...
  16. Cactus Cowboy

    Got it Home...Now in the "What Did I Get Myself Into" Phase

    Took me nearly half a century, and I'm STILL learning... ;)
  17. Cactus Cowboy

    Hull Repair Advice for a "Sunfish Clone"

    The OP already did, now the goldurned Panther is in the garage... :eek:
  18. Cactus Cowboy

    Got it Home...Now in the "What Did I Get Myself Into" Phase

    Sail looks rotten... a blowout waiting to happen. Better to splurge and buy a new sail, especially since you aren't affected by motion sickness. You don't want your first sailing voyage to turn into a "nautical epic" with tattered main, boat sliding toward Niagara Falls, etc., etc. :confused...
  19. Cactus Cowboy

    I need educating please.

    I don't think my "el cheapo" caulk gun is fancy enough to have a built-in cutter, lol... :confused:
  20. Cactus Cowboy

    New to me free boat

    Odd to see cracks at each end of the trunk slot... like someone was jumping on the hull or something. Meh, might have been dropped too, a hard drop can do weird things to hull glass. I'd say get those interior pics next, to see whether those cracks run clear through the hull. :confused: That...
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