I found a Mutineer 15 behind a little trading post in rough shape. No sails
, a good bit of hull
damage, missing hardware
, some rough fiberglass
repair by PO, rotted wood, soaked foam... you get the idea. But she is exactly what I was hoping to find. I accept that getting her into Bristol shape could cost as much (or more than) a well-maintained one. People like to remind me of this. But I find this kind of work rewarding and engaging and it will be a great way to learn more about boat restoration
, etc. It will also be the boat my cousins learn to sail on. The restoration
process is happily underway, and the first real snag is the hull
This is an early model Mutineer 15 ('74, judging by the ID number). The rub rail was in bad shape, and needed to be removed for other deck and hull glass repairs
. Upon removal
, many of the staples holding the joint were broken, the glass 'lip' is split and fractured everywhere (I submit that at least some of this could have been caused by some clumsiness on my part). There is a disintegrating gasket
between the joint. The joint is not glued, as I read it should have been. Maybe early model Mutts didn't glue? Anyway there are only some rough staples holding the whole thing together. It seems I'll need to remove a lot of the lip, and glass/epoxy over the joint both inside and out. But how does one reinforce the inside behind the seats??
Since joint work is new to me, I welcome any advice from those wiser and/or more experienced.
Thanks for reading!
PS. Done a lot of research
elsewhere, but just wanted to engage the community for some first-hand advice.