My fiance and I purchased a 1976 Catalina
27 this fall and I am in full swing working away on winter (we are in Portland
, ME) projects. In addition to a couple soft spots on deck
, I have a bunch of "crazing" in the gel coat.
I am using the drill holes, let dry, and fill with epoxy
method to stiffen up the decks. The plan is to then use epoxy
to fair, then paint
the decks with a two-part epoxy primer and then top coat.
I figured that while I'm at it, I'll paint
to match and fill in the cracks in the gel coat. My concern is that the cracks in the cockpit
will quickly reappear because the fiberglass
in this area is rather thin and very easy to flex. What I'm thinking of doing, is adding a core
material to the interior
side for insulation
, then adding a few layers of epoxy and fiberglass
cloth for strength. My hope is that this will keep us a bit warmer and also make the cockpit stronger so that my fresh paint on the exterior won't immediately crack again. We live aboard year round in Maine
, so insulation
is a priority.
Any thoughts on this are greatly appreciated.