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Old 30-12-2014, 08:11   #16
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There are plenty of fixer-uppers that you can sail while you work on her, which motivates you to keep going. A project like this can have you stuck in a boatyard for months if not years, and the only thing that will motivate you is you already sunk a bunch of money in it. Eventually even seeing it causes regret and anxiety, so you don't enjoy it and increasingly neglect it. Take a walk around any boatyard and you will see many such project boats rotting away. You really don't want one of those!
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Old 30-12-2014, 09:13   #17
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Re: Could this Boat be Repaired

Looks like a parts boat to me...
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Old 30-12-2014, 09:28   #18
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Re: Could this Boat be Repaired

Interesting adjustment to the sheer line.
Walk away from it, really fast.
Having said that - it could be repaired. Just a matter of time, money and ability. And perseverance.
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Old 30-12-2014, 10:03   #19
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Re: Could this Boat be Repaired

A different perspective here, if I were buying this boat from you after it was repaired, and I found this picture or found indications of such a repair. Whether you told me about it or not, I would walk, no run away from the deal.

Personally, while I could see that it could be fixed, (with enough money, virtually anything can be) the question has to be WHY?
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Old 30-12-2014, 10:18   #20
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To repair a boat with that damage, you would find a sister boat.

Take a mold off the bow of the sister boat.

Lay up a part in the mold, a couple of inches larger than the damage.

Take out the bulkheads and stuff that are in the way of the damage in the boat, so you can have easy access to the damage from the inside.

Using the new part as a template, cut out the damaged portion on the boat.

Fit the new part into the boat. It should fit closely with minimum air space showing. Tack/glue the new part to the boat, finally filling the whole seam(s) in the outside fiberglass and the inside liner with glue.

Tab the inside seam competently. This tabbing provides the structural strength for the repaired boat.

Replace the inside bulkheads and things, and finish and paint the outside.

I have seen this done by the fiberglass guys at Nanny Cay boatyard on Tortola, BVI. For me, it was a most impressive piece of work. They do that level of work all the time.

The third time you do it, it's not an insurmountable job. There are two things...

(1) It's great fun to work on a boat. Put yourself in that frame of mind.

(2) The easiest way to get a boat is to get a second job and work at it, putting all the money you earn from that job into a bank account, then when there's enough money, buy the boat you want.
Not too sure about this procedure. you must remove all the damaged laminate and then the good laminate needs to be scarfed in, 12 times the thickness of the layup. what is being repaired here amounts to a cold joint. being on the bow would give me second thoughts. but, like they say , anything can be repaired if you throw enough money at it.
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Old 30-12-2014, 10:23   #21
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Re: Could this Boat be Repaired

One of the oft repeated themes on this forum is "no boat is free". There are too many working sailboats available at very low $ to take on a project like that.
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Old 30-12-2014, 10:50   #22
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Re: Could this Boat be Repaired

The boat could certainly be repaired to good as new or better condition.

It would certainly cost way, way more than the boat is worth just in materials. Factor in labor and this would be a huge waste of money.

Find the same boat in good structural shape for a few grand.

Classic case of a very expensive free boat.
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Old 30-12-2014, 11:32   #23
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Re: Could this Boat be Repaired

If you've ever seen some of the original pictures of collector cars that are little more than piles of rust in a field turned into shiny hot rods...

of course you could do the same here but it would be the equivilent of finding an old rusted out k-car and bringing it back to show room condition.
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Old 30-12-2014, 14:21   #24
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Re: Could this Boat be Repaired

Talked to the owner and the damage resulted from a hurricane and the boat sunk. He wants $1000 for it. I am not convinced that the bow could be replaced and still be at least as strong as it was when constructed even if a lot of money and material was thrown at it so I'm going to pass on it. Thanks for the input.
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I need to say I love fixing old boats but, it needs to be a great boat with that kind of damage. I have worked with fiberglass quite a bit and that bow damage would not scare me at all. Looks like 2 weeks labor and $400 bucks of poly resin and Matt, cloth etc. a pretty fun job and easily made stronger than new.
But, the boat sunk. That means a ton more work and cash,time. It looks to be a run of the mill sailboat, nothing special or valuable about it. Been sitting a long time. The owner will need to pay to get rid of it.
So yes, the damage can be repaired rather easily and cheaply DIY. BUT the boat is less than worthless it's a burden. Pass on it, you can find a way better deal with time and effort.


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Talked to the owner and the damage resulted from a hurricane and the boat sunk. He wants $1000 for it. I am not convinced that the bow could be replaced and still be at least as strong as it was when constructed even if a lot of money and material was thrown at it so I'm going to pass on it. Thanks for the input.
Good decision, boat may not be worth "free". I've not taken a Catalina 27 with working diesel for free and a 30 Islander with new sails, new rigging, new yanmar engine and new furling for $5000 in the last 3 years.....
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Old 30-12-2014, 16:34   #27
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Not too sure about this procedure. you must remove all the damaged laminate and then the good laminate needs to be scarfed in, 12 times the thickness of the layup. what is being repaired here amounts to a cold joint. being on the bow would give me second thoughts. but, like they say , anything can be repaired if you throw enough money at it.




I would suggest 24-1 would be more appropriate for this sort of repair.
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I need to say I love fixing old boats but, it needs to be a great boat with that kind of damage. I have worked with fiberglass quite a bit and that bow damage would not scare me at all. Looks like 2 weeks labor and $400 bucks of poly resin and Matt, cloth etc. a pretty fun job and easily made stronger than new.
But, the boat sunk. That means a ton more work and cash,time. It looks to be a run of the mill sailboat, nothing special or valuable about it. Been sitting a long time. The owner will need to pay to get rid of it.
So yes, the damage can be repaired rather easily and cheaply DIY. BUT the boat is less than worthless it's a burden. Pass on it, you can find a way better deal with time and effort.


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If we add to the cost of two weeks labor for one and $400 in materials, your projected outlay, the cost of the haulout and two weeks lay days (optimistic), and the cost of the time and materials necessary to paint the hull after repair, as that would be a very large color match, I think you see we are quickly approaching the cost of the boat, and that's without paying ourselves anything for our two weeks of no doubt very very long days. This boat is only worth a couple of grand in good shape.
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Talked to the owner and the damage resulted from a hurricane and the boat sunk. He wants $1000 for it.
He what?? $1000!? For that piece of junk? Baloney!! Don't bother any more, not with that boat or that owner.
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Re: Could this Boat be Repaired

Are there $2000+ of parts on it worth salvaging, otherwise it's only good for an artificial reef. Maybe the keel is worth something?
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