{Images in gallery Project Boat, Week 2}

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    Cracks in the ribs

    This doesn't bother me too much. The real bad ones I'll probably patch up, but this shouldn't affect the structural integrity of the boat, and you certainly will never see them.

    Cleaned out

    Finally shop-vac'd the crud out of the boat. You'd be amazed what all I found under the floor (living and dead... animal, vegetable, mineral... etc.)

    View of the stringers

    There were some questions on iBoats.com regarding the stringer configuration on my boat. These pictures should make it a little more clear.

    Stringers bolted to transom

    I didn't realize this at first, but to repair the transom, I'm gonna have to take the stringers out entirely. This is gonna suck, but not nearly as bad as if I had rotten wooden stringers ;)

    Topshell cracks

    The topshell has everything from gaping holes to tiny spider cracks. I'm gonna grind everything out and fill or reglass it all. This shouldn't be hard work, but it will take a lot of time. I'm hoping to set aside an entire weekend just for this so I don't have to mix up whatever compounds (resins/epoxies/etc) I'm using on more than a few occasions.

    Original gelcoat color

    You can see the original gelcoat color everywhere that I removed hardware. It seems the spider cracks are much worse in these areas than where there is UV damage. It's all good though, because I'm painting it, not trying to restore the gelcoat. As much as I'd like to, there is little chance I'll be able to match up the colors perfectly. Plus, gelcoat is a pain in the rear, whereas a 2-part epoxy paint is pretty simple.

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