I appreciate all the advice. The West Marine
book recommends epoxy
for a repair this large because they say that a polyester repair will shrink. They say that the they have a hardener that won't shed the stuff that peels off the gelcoat
. It is the same hardener you would use when you coat wood to prime it for finishing.
Thoughts? If I knew that polyester would not shrink, that would be my choice.
They claim that you can just wash epoxy
to remove the stuff that peels the gelcoat
, but after listening to the experience here, I don't believe that. But if the special hardener simply does not produce it, well, I don't know. What about the claim that polyester will shrink?
I can see that the crack goes farther than I initially thought. Right now the boat is on 4x4 cribbing, two stacks at the stern, one at the bow. Bit by bit I am cutting the old trailer out from under it. I need to put the new trailer under it once I get the bunks fixed up. Once I do that I will be able to go inside it and assess any hidden damage. I am worried about going on the boat while it is on blocks.
I bought the boat and trailer for $1000. The kicker outboard
cost me $650. Prop needed a rehub, $36.
Replacing the trailer cost $400.
To redo the standing rigging
with quick releases for the forestays will cost $200 (so that the mast
can be raised and lowered in under an hour). I will also need to build a gin pole, etc. There are ideas for stabilizing it as well.
The wood to replace the bowsprit
cost $130. I am going to make a lamination, hard outside, soft core
I will get a local estimate for the fiberglass
repair, but over a grand for a repair breaks the budget
I know I want to look at the electrical system
, probably will need dual 12 volt deep discharge batteries with an isolator. Eventually. I want to put a homebrew autopilot
on it eventually. I believe I can build one for about $150, linear actuator with position feedback, arduino board and flux gate compass
, pushbuttons and LEDs. OK, maybe $175. But that is for the future. And I probably need to replace the old radio
, I want to put a GPS/depth finder on it. The depth
finder on it now is kaput.
And, yes, I know it will cost me more than I think it will. It always does.