Transom & Stringer replacement

Discussion in 'Fiberglass and Composite Boat Building' started by blaze_125, Apr 2, 2009.

  1. blaze_125
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    blaze_125 I see the light!

    Yeah, I looked at the WestSystem website like you suggested and they do have alot of useful information:D
    The counter clerk told me the resin/hardener ratio was 5:1 but I think I'll splurge and get the pump kit. 1 stroke for 1 stroke, how could I mess that up?...
     
  2. billjoat
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    billjoat Junior Member

    I was too a long time west user. There is much better, cheaper, easier to work with, and more convient epoxies out there. I currently use marinepoxy from boatbuilderscentral
     
  3. blaze_125
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    blaze_125 I see the light!

    Thanks for the info, I'll keep that in mind for my next project as I baught my supplies already...
     
  4. billjoat
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    I understand. I replied before I finished the reading. Good luck on your project.:)
     
  5. blaze_125
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    blaze_125 I see the light!

    Lol that happens to me all the time :D
     
  6. blaze_125
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    blaze_125 I see the light!

    so, I was going to start glassing the stringers over the weekend and got set back.

    At first I thaught the hull was straight. It's not!!!
    The stringer that goes down the center line is good, the hull is straight and all. But the sides aren't. Near the middle of the stringer, the hull curves downward (creates like a small valley). So my stringer is in contact with the hull everywhere but there. I guess I could fill the gap with thickened epoxy but I don't like the idea. The gap is somewhere near 1/4".

    So yeah, a little step back, but it ain't something that will stop me from finishing this project. On the other hand, the transom is most likely going in tonight. I sealed the edge yesterday so it should be good to install by the time I get home tonight.
     
  7. David Valle
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    Hi Blaze i just read posts on this project sound's like some good work being done . I just finished restoring this boat. I also work at home at night. I couldn't get any marine plywood here so I used the floor off of a 40' container and steam bent it to fit transom and glassed it in.
     

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    Here's how my project ended. ofcourse you can't give up it's great keep up the spirt pal. It sounds to me your planning and executing real well. I like to read PAR 's thoughts lot's of knowledge there.
    Dave
     
  9. David Valle
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    The pics never went thru
    bad server here sorry
     

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  10. blaze_125
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    blaze_125 I see the light!

    Nice looking boat David.
    I put the transom in yesterday night. By the time I get home, the epoxy should be dry and rock solid. I used some fillers to control the run of the epoxy on the vertical surfaces and it worked great.

    It's incredible how West System doesn't smell anything. I mean, I could do all that in the basement and none would notice. I'm used to working with Walmart type resin that stinks a mile away for days. The West System stuff is also much easier to work with.
     
  11. blaze_125
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    blaze_125 I see the light!

    No I did not give up on this project :)
    I finnaly overcomed the dead end I was in and finnaly made stringers that properly fit the hull. As I write this, all 3 stringers and cross members are in place ready to be glassed in. I'll post picts once I take them :)
     
  12. PAR
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    PAR Yacht Designer/Builder

    See, you're not as helpless as your wife says you are after all . . . :D
     
  13. David Valle
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    Bravissimo! blaze
    thumbs up ;)
    Dave
     
  14. mobilemike
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    Stringer Replacement

    any publications available for this type of repair on a 1986 baha 30 ft ?
     

  15. PAR
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    PAR Yacht Designer/Builder

    Boat repair in general is covered in several books. The book store here has a few. Since each is sufficiently different enough to warrant a book itself, only general 'glassing and core replacement procedures are usually covered. A transom core replacement of your '86 Baha will be them same deal. Access the situation, select a method of repair and break out the grinder.
     
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