Thanks..I have some additonal before and after pics that I can't seem to get off my iphone....(because i'm a computor idiot)...Marvin M has been kind enough to help me but he really has no clue of what kind of nut case I am when it comes to this stuff!
I'm amazed with your restoration - that boat really needed some serious work But that's the thing with fiberglass - you can do anything with it. I know little about it but I've seen some miracles...
Many years ago I was trailering my boat back from a remote lake with a buddy. We'd spent the better part of the day sailing in +20 knots and, wherever possible, trying to run over windsurfers that were tacking back and forth across the lake (there were hundreds of them and we were the only sailboat, so the pickin's were easy )
As part of the excursion we were, of course, drinking some beer.... Anyway, to make a long story short, as we were coming back on this logging road the boat got loose and actually ended up being dragged on the transom down the road a ways (it's a horror story, I know) and it ground off a pretty good portion of the bottom rear of the transom.
Anyway, the damage was pretty scary. It had ground off enough fiberglass that you could see inside the boat - and even put your hand in there! Fortunately, my father's good friend was a master ship builder (he designed and built all the Fraser and Endurance series of sailboats).
So I took it by his place, I figured it was the end of the boat, but in literally 10 minutes, while I was standing there, he ground off the back of the boat (basically cut it open) and laid in fiberglass matt. He said it was no big deal and sure enough, he had it fixed in no time flat. You literally can't tell anything ever happened - and if anything it's stronger then it was.
Granted, this guy was a master shipbuilder, he'd been fiberglassing all his life and had built hundreds of sailboats. But what really blew me away was how fast a major disaster like that could be fixed. I really thought it was the end of the boat but he just smiled. I'm still amazed by it and it causes me to wonder, does a fiberglass sailboat ever really wear out? Is there any amount of damage that can't be repaired?
Of course, that's not a restoration like your boat but it really impressed me that a person can, with the right skill, make it like new again. Your boat is a testimony to that and I think mine will be too. Compared to yours all I have to do is complete the mast step repair and clean up the bottom - so I got it easy
The question has been raised about whether it's cost-effective when compared to buying a newer boat - certainly that makes sense, but in my case the better part of my childhood was spent on my laser and many, many friends went sailing with me on it. Some of the best times of my life were spent on that boat and given that it seems to be infinately repairable - I'd rather keep the memories - and the boat that made 'em
My sailing is pretty different though, we always sailed in BIG winds. It was never raced - it was beat repeatedly in the hardest, biggest winds we could find. For me, class rules are irrelevant other then that I like to keep it basically stock. To me, it's always been about reaching the outter limits of my endurance so form really follows function. Granted, it's been 10 years now since I sailed so it's entirely possible that I can't even do any of the things I used to when I was in my twenties.
Time will tell but I bet my old Laser can still remove that 'new' belly I've gotten over the years in short order