Gelcoating hull

Discussion in 'Sailboats' started by Pojodojo, May 10, 2006.

  1. Pojodojo
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    Pojodojo New Member

    Im glad there's a forum out here for me to ask questions, and ahead of time, thanks for any help.

    I have a small boat I am just getting to working on that I've had for about 10 years, I have no Idea of the brand or even the size, as I haven't measured it yet, but I would guess about 8-10 feet. I would apreciate it if you guys could tell me anything you notice about it that would help me in finding parts or finding the name of it.
    I have nearly the whole thing sanded down, the hull into the gelcoat, and the top to the primer. What I would like to know is, should I re gelcoat the whole bottom again, or can I just paint it with some antifouling paint?
    I still have to find the mast, as its lying around somewhere, but the boom, sail, keel, and rudder I have, so Hoepfully after painting and new hardware it will be water worthy.

    Here is a pic of it so far:

    Any other suggestions would be greatly apreciated.

  2. Tim B
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    Tim B Senior Member

    It's probably not worth the hassle of re-doing the gelcoat. sand it to a nice smooth finish and paint it with an Epoxy or Enamel marine paint. If you plan to leave it in the water, antifouling will help a lot

    There are loads of small boats like this around, someone might recognise something like it.

    Good Luck,

    Tim B.
  3. Pojodojo
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    Pojodojo New Member

    Enamel or Epozy you say? are there certain advantages or disadvantages to either, and as for the antifouling, I may just use normal paint because I will be taking it in and out every time I use it.
    I have some wheels from a Zodiac inflatable that I will make mounts for in the transom and will probably tow it behind my bike the few blocks to the landing(dont laugh, I have no trailer, and I dont want to waste gas in my car for a few blocks).

  4. Buc
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    Buc Junior Member

    There are single-part "modified" epoxies that will work fine and are simple to apply with a brush or roller/brush (tipping) combination. Gelcoating an existing boat is easily the worst prossible option in terms of difficulty. Antifouling isn't necessary.
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