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Old 19-09-2012, 01:24   #31
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On the port side of the stern bench seat, the joint where they meet had a thin space all along the top. I mixed a few ounces of fiberglass resin and poured some in, then waited a few minutes for the resin to turn and poured the rest on to fully seal it. Gave it a good sanding/grinding smooth this morning before I painted the inside.

Fully sealed and the International paint will expand and contract with the fiberglass, so there should never be wet foam in this Dinghy again SMILE

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Old 19-09-2012, 04:07   #32
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Getting rid of wet foam (weight) will help a bit on the freeboard issue - how much depends on how much wet foam there was!
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Old 20-09-2012, 05:04   #33
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Re: 10 foot fiberglass tender

Hello,

I believe I got 98% of the wet foam and replaced with fresh expanding foam !

Today I took it back out of the water and put on 3 healthy coats of International brand Anti-Fouling !!!

Looking nice now !!!

It is sitting higher in the water when I am sitting on the stern bench seat... I put my tool bag I take when I go help my neighbors (about 30 pounds) at the bow, and that really made a big difference when added with a full 25 liters of fuel sitting forward of the middle bench seat !!!

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Old 21-09-2012, 17:36   #34
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Hello Everyone,

I had marked where the waterline was before I removed the wet foam and took it out of the water, and then when it was on the hard stand I installed the new foam and put on the anti-fouling using the waterline I had marked earlier.

It is now back in the water and you can see how much higher it sits by looking at the anti-fouling line at the stern.

I have bought a 10 inch wide by 4 foot long, and 1 inch thick piece of teak that I will cut to size and will attach in the center between the stern bench seat to the middle seat (a letter "H" style). That way I can slide my weight forward before I start moving and then slide back when it plains off. Now to give the wood a few good coats of varnish !

Overall it is becoming a good little dinghy !

Thanks for all your input ! It really helped my effort to bring this dinghy back to life !

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Cheers for the follow up (it don't often happen ).....part of the boat game seems to be as much about deciding what not to do - as what to......less is sometimes more (and cheaper and easier ).
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Re: 10 foot fiberglass tender

Nice tidy job you have done
Just make sure you wear a lifejacket, if you encounter a big wash from astern you could get swamped.
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Old 25-09-2012, 17:51   #37
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Hello,

Thank you very much.

Having the teak board between the mid and stern bench really allows me to sit where I can keep it level. Just enough room at the bow for groceries and a beer trips from the jetty to the main vessel... SMILE.

I only use it for around the marina and the calm waters of the bay.

Here is a picture with the teak board installed.

Thanks,

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and a lot easier than glassing on two fenders - sometimes less is more ........even if sometimes you do have to think hard to find the reason to do as little as possible .
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Now, just make sure your passengers don't smoke.
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HaHaHa.... That is too funny.... I am proud to announce my girlfriend does not smoke !!!
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Nice job, just a question - have you trid to row the boat since fitting your plank?
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Yes I have, but I sit on the middle bench when I row. The holes for placing the paddles are in the position that it is most comfortable to sit on the middle bench. The teak board does not get in the way at all.

I would prefer if I was sitting at the bow and the non-smoking passenger would row....

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I would prefer if I was sitting at the bow and the non-smoking passenger would row....

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