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Old 24-07-2010, 23:07   #1
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70s O'Day 12' Daysailer

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I have acquired a 1970's o'day 12' daysailer. It has a crack in the hull about a foot above the water line. The crack is not all the way through but it is about 30 inches long. If I put my weight on the edge of the boat the crack slightly opens up then goes back. What is the best way to fix this.
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Old 25-07-2010, 08:08   #2
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Sounds like an epoxy job. Try West Systems. Great boat, by the way. A real classic.
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If it's 12' that's probably an Oday Widgeon. The Oday "Daysailer" was 16'. Both great boats. I learned to sail on a Widgeon. The one thing to be aware of is that most of the early Widgeons were not self rescuing. They wouldn't sink if they tipped over but you needed some help from another boat to bail them out or pull them to a beach.

The fix is easy. Buy 9 feet (or three times the length of the crack) of 4" wide fiberglass tape, a quart of epoxy resin, and the appropriate amount of hardener for the epoxy. With masking tape on the inside of the boat, mask an an area that is 4" wide around the track and slightly longer than the crack. Sand the area then clean it well with paint thinner or other solvent. Mix the resin (follow directions, mix well) and brush it on the boat with a cheap paintbrush. Lay on a strip of fiberglass tape. With a gloved hand press and smooth the tape well into the resin. Brush on more resin to completely fill the weave of the tape. Lay on another strip. Brush on resin. Lay on another strip. Brush on resin. After the resin starts to harden, pull off the masking tape.

After it hardens you can sand it and/or paint it for looks - or just leave it be.

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Thanks for the replies I figured that what needed to be done. I will post a picture so you guys can see. I would like to know which model I have. Thanks
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So here is a picture of the crack. It is not all the way through the hull.
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