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Old 06-03-2013, 16:07   #391
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Re: Nauticat 52 Refit

Couple more shots of some glass work on a Wetsnail were refitting. Not finished sanding for prep.
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Old 06-03-2013, 16:08   #392
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These small repairs are all ground and glassed as I described.
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Old 06-03-2013, 16:09   #393
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Simple.
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But then there's not so simple.
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Primer.
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Old 06-03-2013, 16:13   #396
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We'll be laying new diamond pattern skid here.
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Re: Nauticat 52 Refit

This thread is educational. It demonstrates I don't know what I don't know.
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Old 06-03-2013, 19:58   #398
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That's a pretty bad test, but it does demonstrate failure after only three days. Leave it in the sun and rain for a year and then see how it looks. For me epoxy=paint. Seen too many failures, including cases where people thought all was well and were quite happy with the finish till it started flaking off a year later. Never again.
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Hi Minaret!
I'm a Nauticat 52 owner (1981/1). I wanted to say that I'm following your thread with great interrest and wanted to thank you for the effort to shoot and share all those pictures. Keep posting please...
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All very informative, Minaret, lots of questions answered, esp. with the helpful photos. The hard part will begin as soon as I get back to the boat!
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Old 07-03-2013, 08:23   #401
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I'm a Nauticat 52 owner (1981/1). I wanted to say that I'm following your thread with great interrest and wanted to thank you for the effort to shoot and share all those pictures. Keep posting please...
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Hull #1! Very cool. Keep watching, she'll look like a different boat when I'm done. I've got some simple cosmetic changes to make that I think will really affect her looks. Thanks for posting, nice to know other Nauticat owners are watching. Have fun!
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All very informative, Minaret, lots of questions answered, esp. with the helpful photos. The hard part will begin as soon as I get back to the boat!


Very good. Don't get in over your head! And feel free to post any pics with questions here.
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Very good. Don't get in over your head! And feel free to post any pics with questions here.
Ha! I'm pretty sure I've been over my head since 2007 when I bought the boat! My first attempts at deck repair will be with small stuff that can be easily undone if . . . errr . . . I mean when I mess it up! You definitely made me more optimistic that I can avoid an expensive paint job for the decks for awhile, so I thank you for that.

What's next for the mighty N-Cat?!
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@Minaret -- This has been one of the most informative treatises I've read on fixing a boat the *right* way. Many thanks. A real wealth of information here. I've been doing a bit of my own repairs and till now I've stuck with West System as I've held onto the belief it will have better bond strength and therefore make up for a bit of my inexperience. I'm currently laying up a new floor panel for the head. I'm curious now as to what I've been missing with polyester layups. Keep up the flood of education. Good stuff.
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@Minaret -- This has been one of the most informative treatises I've read on fixing a boat the *right* way. Many thanks. A real wealth of information here. I've been doing a bit of my own repairs and till now I've stuck with West System as I've held onto the belief it will have better bond strength and therefore make up for a bit of my inexperience. I'm currently laying up a new floor panel for the head. I'm curious now as to what I've been missing with polyester layups. Keep up the flood of education. Good stuff.
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While I agree with Minaret that some make polyester sound really bad while it isn't, you don't need to start worrying when using epoxy, apart for the extra money spent may be. I like epoxy because it is more natural to a geek like me (cleaner I like to think) but 90% of the projects I do, if not more, would be strong enough in polyester. My boat isn't polyester and thus I like to keep it away. I have polyester resin as part of "CopperClad" anti-fouling and it got blisters so I'm not friends with polyester
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