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Old 19-12-2019, 12:01   #316
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Re: Part 2 - Columbia 29 refit, in the Rocky Mountains

full-on combat or just LARPin' around?
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I had to google LARP, all I can say is WOW. I had no idea, very passionate group of folks who do this.
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Old 20-12-2019, 10:26   #318
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Well off to cut in the last four portlights and make up the five backer frames for the v-birth, hanging locker and head. I cannot believe how much epoxy I have gone through so far. Ordered two more gallons from JamesTown, I use the Total Boat stuff and it seems to work perfectly and is cheaper than the WEST Systems stuff which also worked well for us. I have to say I still prefer the WEST silica consistency better than the Total Boat.
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Nothing more frustrating than spending a lot of money on a product you think is high quality only to find out it's not.
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full-on combat or just LARPin' around?
when just LARPing my group has loose rules so I have designed and do use a Bat'Leth and role as a beserker in a kilt.
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Klingon Vikings, yah that **is** loose 8-)

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frames on the inside and bottom sanded for the bottom job
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frames on the inside and bottom sanded for the bottom job
The install is looking really good
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The wife cut out the frames and I got the last ones in. All done, just epoxy now.
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The install is looking really good
Thank you, we're just going for strong and not ugly.
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Old 21-12-2019, 23:06   #326
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Gone now. Surprised took that long
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Old 22-12-2019, 10:31   #327
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cutting fiberglass as mentioned before by someone is hard. It will eat blades and is like cutting steel. So I ended up buying a carbide jig-saw blade intended to be used on masonry applications. It works like a charm on the glass but does cut pretty wide compared to a traditional blade.

I ALMOST centered the frame on the cabin trunk up on the existing hole (but by a carpenter a couple of years ago). But at the last minute decided to measure and check to make sure it was centered. Good thing as it was over an inch off-center!
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The wife pulled off the rest of the wood toe rail and found a few spots where there were holes. So we primed, shot them full of thickened epoxy and chopped up offcuts of the biaxial and chopped stranded mat. Obviously, wet it all out properly but shoved the voids full.

I also got the plug hole cut to fit the new Smart Plug. Felt it would be stronger with a backer plate so made one up. Filled in a few low spots with the thickened epoxy I had leftover in the pot after the hole repair. Also epoxied in the backer for the compass in the cockpit. For some crazy reason, I thought I was going to get all the size 3 portlight frames epoxied in place, don't know what I was thinking.

Cleaned the old girl out and hoping to wash the hullside paint, buff, wax or whatever. Put in the new thru-hulls, or dry fit. Making a little progress on the backer plates also. 1/2 G10 is tough stuff!

We cannot believe they all that damage and just covered it up with all the wood for the toe rails. Not a super hard fix, it just takes a little time and prep. We had to cut out and grind down a bit of the weak or loose areas. Also grinding out some stress cracks and priming then filling with thickened epoxy. Providing support behind those weak areas with G10 and might try some of that Marine structural foam sheeting.

I think when all the urgent stuff is done I may add some more supports in the hull to stiffen her up. Not needed but since I am there and can add some tankage and make some more useable space why not. Got some pretty cool ideas on how to use dead space from the carpenter. It should be pretty cool when it's all done and maximize the space on these smaller boats.
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Does anyone have any ideas on stainless or aluminum toe rail by the foot?
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Does anyone have any ideas on stainless or aluminum toe rail by the foot?
have to decide which one you want first.:-):-)

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