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Old 09-03-2013, 15:38   #436
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Yes, I'll document in another thread and post the link here

I also have a soft spot in the deck so will be posting a bunch of fiberglass projects here.


Are you saying after all the times you've sworn up and down that your SCRIMP built balsa cored boat has never had a core problem and never will, it now has a soft spot in the deck? Can't wait for that thread, lots of pics when you peel the skin please...
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Old 09-03-2013, 17:30   #437
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Are you saying after all the times you've sworn up and down that your SCRIMP built balsa cored boat has never had a core problem and never will, it now has a soft spot in the deck? Can't wait for that thread, lots of pics when you peel the skin please...
previous owner had dropped something heavy on deck a long time ago and I can't remember what, but I see hair cracks which must have let water through into the core. Naturally, because of the SCRIMP built process, it is limited to just the small spot with the cracks because each piece of balsa is completely encapsulated with vinylester resin

It is so small that I'm not even gonna peel the skin; current plan is to drill some 1/4" holes all the way through and then one or two 1.5" holesaw entry points from below to fix the core, then close up the bottom and inject resin from the top holes. As always, plans change normally I'm lucky to have good access from below.

There's always the Fein Multimaster if it needs more surgery
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Pure as the driven snow...



Pure itch that is, LOL!
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Shredderiffic! Welcome to my world...
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Serious seals all around.
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This is how I usually use a Fein. This is a piece of a broken carbide abrasive bandsaw blade from the big fiberglass saw in the shop brazed onto a spent Fein multi tool blade. Retail cost of their crappy blade with wood teeth is over $60 and they don't last long, especially if you hit glass with them. We have half a dozen Feins in the shop and they are all set up as different types of saws. I make these myself, cuts through anything, even steel. Cuts glass like buttah, and its made from shop leftovers...
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The stock version for wood cutting and a custom mod side by side.
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Re: Nauticat 52 Refit

I can surely identify with the "Serious seals all around" post.
The worst week of my life was when I was in the Navy.

It was in Pearl Harbor back in the '60's

In July.

In a BLACK floating drydock.

Sandblasting a BLACK submarine.

With BLACK grit.

Without ear protection or decent sealing procedures.

Then we had to shovel out all the BLACK grit.

By hand.


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Close up. These are basic surgical tools.
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Fein sells carbide abrasive blades as well, but they are upwards of $80 a pop and don't cut near as well or as long as these.
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I can surely identify with the "Serious seals all around" post.
The worst week of my life was when I was in the Navy.

It was in Pearl Harbor back in the '60's

In July.

In a BLACK floating drydock.

Sandblasting a BLACK submarine.

With BLACK grit.

Without ear protection or decent sealing procedures.

Then we had to shovel out all the BLACK grit.

By hand.


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Ouch, Steve. Ouch. Took some years off your life their, didn't ya?
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Re: Nauticat 52 Refit

Couple more pics of the finished tank rebuild before plumbing.
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Very big inspection plate for easy cleaning and maintenance.
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Came out pretty nice.
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Try to get back to some deck job pics here. Aft deck ground for prep. All gelcoat removed and a nice heavy taper ground in around the edges.
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