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Title:
Fiberglass boat repair manual
Author:
Vaitses, Allan H.
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Publication Information:
Camden, Me. : International Marine Pub. Co., [1988]

©1988
Physical Description:
vii, 171 pages, 4 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 27 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780877422280

9780071569149
Format :
Book

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"This book will save you money and grief before you can say woven roving."--Sailing "A comprehensive and accurate work that should benefit almost any owner of a fiberglass boat."--SAIL "This book will prove a valuable addition to the library of any boat builder or owner who is seriously interested in doing his own repairs, as well as intercepting minor problems before they become major projects."--Boatbuilder Are there hairline cracks in your boat's deck or topsides gelcoat? Have her color and luster faded over the years? Does she have deck leaks? Has she been holed? Is her hull oilcanning in a sea? If your answer to any of these questions is yes, this book is for you. This is the definitive guide for fiberglass boat repair and beautification, covering not just cosmetic dings and scratches, but also major repairs of structural damage to hull and decks. It will show you how to: replace deteriorated gelcoat, or repair the flaws in an existing gelcoat and recoat it with polyurethane or marine alkyd enamel paint; strengthen a weak and overly flexible hull or deck; tab in loose hull liners and joinerwork; make templates from the good side of a hull to reshape large shattered or missing areas on the other side; repair or replace water-saturated deck cores; repair keels, rudders, and centerboards; rebed and refasten underwater and on-deck hardware; rebed, refasten, and strengthen hull-to-deck joints; fix broken hatches, and make new ones when necessary; treat the symptoms and causes of overstressed hulls. That beautiful craft swinging at anchor or nestled dockside, her topsides reflecting water and sky like a polished mirror, could be yours. Here's how.


Summary

"This book will save you money and grief before you can say woven roving."-- Sailing

"A comprehensive and accurate work that should benefit almost any owner of a fiberglass boat."-- SAIL

"This book will prove a valuable addition to the library of any boat builder or owner who is seriously interested in doing his own repairs, as well as intercepting minor problems before they become major projects."-- Boatbuilder

Are there hairline cracks in your boat's deck or topsides gelcoat? Have her color and luster faded over the years? Does she have deck leaks? Has she been holed? Is her hull oilcanning in a sea? If your answer to any of these questions is yes, this book is for you. This is the definitive guide for fiberglass boat repair and beautification, covering not just cosmetic dings and scratches, but also major repairs of structural damage to hull and decks. It will show you how to:

replace deteriorated gelcoat, or repair the flaws in an existing gelcoat and recoat it with polyurethane or marine alkyd enamel paint; strengthen a weak and overly flexible hull or deck; tab in loose hull liners and joinerwork; make templates from the good side of a hull to reshape large shattered or missing areas on the other side; repair or replace water-saturated deck cores; repair keels, rudders, and centerboards; rebed and refasten underwater and on-deck hardware; rebed, refasten, and strengthen hull-to-deck joints; fix broken hatches, and make new ones when necessary; treat the symptoms and causes of overstressed hulls.

That beautiful craft swinging at anchor or nestled dockside, her topsides reflecting water and sky like a polished mirror, could be yours. Here's how.


Author Notes

A resident of Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, Allan Vaitses retired from full-time boatbuilding in the early 1980s after a 45-year career, including 30 years building custom and semicustom fiberglass boats. In his second career as a marine surveyor (a profession he still pursues), Vaitses has witnessed just about every flaw and form of damage or deterioration a fiberglass boat can suffer. In his third career as a writer, Vaitses has imparted his knowledge of boatbuilding, troubleshooting, and repair through such books as Lofting, Covering Wooden Boats With Fiberglass, Boatbuilding One-Off in Fiberglass , and What Shape Is She In? A Guide to the Surveying of Boats .


Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Materials and Construction What fiberglass is
Boatbuilding resins
Resin products: glues and putties
The glass fiber materials
Constructing the fiberglass boat
Gelcoat and paint finishes
Interior parts
Other fiberglass parts
2 Restoring the Surface Finish Gelcoat dullness and fading
Scratches, dings, and breakouts
Gelcoat cracks that won't stay puttied
Bubbles, blisters, and boat pox
Regelcoating versus repainting fiberglass
3 The Art of Fiberglassing Gelcoating
Hand lay-up
Laying up core materials
Repairing or applying reinforcements
Tabbing parts to hull and deck
4 Fractures, Small Holes, Delaminations Grinding and Cutting
Rebuilding
Patching cored construction
Delamination
5 Dealing with Core Problems Saturation--an introduction to the problem
Confined and accessible area of deck saturation
Total deck saturation
Core saturation in hulls
Crushable cores
6 Rebuilding Large Holes and Shattered Areas Is she worth repairing?
Salvaging the boat
Working out a repair schedule
Backing damage with sheet stock
Working the boat back into shape
Backing compound curves
Framing in a missing shape
Taking a mold off another boat of the same model
Making the piece
7 Undercured, Resin-Rich, and Cooked Laminates Go back to the manufacturer--if possible
How to repair undercore--if you must
Resin-rich and cooked laminates
8 Repairing Keels and Other Underwater Parts Damage to hollow fiberglass keels
Weeps around metal hardware
Fixing fin keels and separate skegs
Damage to interior reinforcing members
Lead-ballasted fin keels
Bolted-on iron fin keels
Centerboards and centerboard trunks
Repairing the centerboard case
Rudders and skegs
9 Troubles on Deck Leaks around fittings
Leaks around deck joints, rails, and railcaps
More about leaks
Hatches and portlights: leaks, fractures, and other troubles
Treating the overstressed boat
Index
Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Materials and Construction What fiberglass is
Boatbuilding resins
Resin products: glues and putties
The glass fiber materials
Constructing the fiberglass boat
Gelcoat and paint finishes
Interior parts
Other fiberglass parts
2 Restoring the Surface Finish Gelcoat dullness and fading
Scratches, dings, and breakouts
Gelcoat cracks that won't stay puttied
Bubbles, blisters, and boat pox
Regelcoating versus repainting fiberglass
3 The Art of Fiberglassing Gelcoating
Hand lay-up
Laying up core materials
Repairing or applying reinforcements
Tabbing parts to hull and deck
4 Fractures, Small Holes, Delaminations Grinding and Cutting
Rebuilding
Patching cored construction
Delamination
5 Dealing with Core Problems Saturation--an introduction to the problem
Confined and accessible area of deck saturation
Total deck saturation
Core saturation in hulls
Crushable cores
6 Rebuilding Large Holes and Shattered Areas Is she worth repairing?
Salvaging the boat
Working out a repair schedule
Backing damage with sheet stock
Working the boat back into shape
Backing compound curves
Framing in a missing shape
Taking a mold off another boat of the same model
Making the piece
7 Undercured, Resin-Rich, and Cooked Laminates Go back to the manufacturer--if possible
How to repair undercore--if you must
Resin-rich and cooked laminates
8 Repairing Keels and Other Underwater Parts Damage to hollow fiberglass keels
Weeps around metal hardware
Fixing fin keels and separate skegs
Damage to interior reinforcing members
Lead-ballasted fin keels
Bolted-on iron fin keels
Centerboards and centerboard trunks
Repairing the centerboard case
Rudders and skegs
9 Troubles on Deck Leaks around fittings
Leaks around deck joints, rails, and railcaps
More about leaks
Hatches and portlights: leaks, fractures, and other troubles
Treating the overstressed boat
Index

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