Another update here. I got one side done relatively easy. Used a router to cut away some of the balsa core
and replaced the core with west systems six10 thickened epoxy
. I bolted the chain plate
in place, only covered with grease so that the epoxy could form a "perfect fit" around the chain plate
. Here's how it came out:
That was easy right? Maybe this whole chainplate thing wasn't so bad afterall? WRONG!
This is what the core looked like on the opposite side of the deck
after I eventually took a screw gun, with an allen key and a vacuum cleaner and went to town clearing out the 3" of core surrounding the chain plate. Now that it is cleared out, just refill with epoxy, right? WRONG!
As soon as I got the caulk gun loaded and squirted the first little bit of epoxy into on of the holes, the caulk gun broke
So I run to home depot with the epoxy in the fridge, trying to slow the curing process down.
I get back and it starts pouring down rain. For hours
Now here we are two days later. I am heading over after work in hopes that the holes has dried enough for the epoxy to at least stick to the hollow glass near the chain plate.
That good deal I got on this boat isn't sounding so good now lol