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Testing stringers #13615035 07/01/20 04:54 PM
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Got an older (1994) boat. Looking for someone to check out all the plywood, stringers, etc. Checked with a marine surveyor but little more than I want to spend.

Anyone have this done before? Someone you'd recommend?

Re: Testing stringers [Re: Too Fat 2 Fish] #13615319 07/01/20 08:34 PM
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Plastic handled screwdriver, tap the handle around, if it's a nice clean sound it's dry, a nasty thud is wet.


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Thanks Pat. I'll give it a shot

Re: Testing stringers [Re: Too Fat 2 Fish] #13706659 09/21/20 02:43 PM
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One really soft spot but only that small area, as far as I can see.

Is it possible to repair this stringer without taking the cap off?

Older boat, good shape otherwise

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Looks like it's already been patched up.
Might consult another glass guy, but first you need to determine just how far the bad stuff is.
Take a grinder, get it all out down to bare glass. I'd laminate coosa board to the right thickness, cut so it's a nice snug fit. I'd use Sikaflex to bond your repair to the floor and both sides, then mat to glass it all together and gel coat over it. That repair would be stronger than original.


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Thanks Pat. I was worried this might not be worth repairing on an old boat but maybe not so bad.

Probably too much for me to take on but I'll find a shop to take a look at it

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Well now you’re going down a different path. What are you working on? I’d hate to spend two grand fixing a five hundred dollar hull.

If you really like it and plan on keeping it then the repair has value, if it’s a short time thing then run it until it breaks.


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