Repairing the Weekender, Part 3
June 18, 2013
When last we left, I'd
been able to strip the fiberglass of the bottom of the boat. Today
I was back, with a grinder.
Late spring squall - man, if I'd have looked up with my mouth open,
I'd have drowned.
I tried a sanding wheel on the angle grinder, but I switched to
a wire brush for speed.
Every once in a while, I'd take a break and pry some Bondo out
from between the bottom and the keel. Bondo is a decent short term
filler or OK for a cheap boat that isn't intended to last very long,
but it's not very strong and it doesn't stick very well.
I decided to up the game on the wire wheel and swopped the lightweight
brass brush, for a stiffer steel brush.
Now I was tearing some crap out. This is the worst spot - those
darker holes go all the way through. The rest of the wood is pretty
Second worst spot - these don't go all the way through.
The lightest damage is back here towards the stern.
The next step is to find out what to do: Do I cut out the damaged
areas and replace it with new wood? Do I just fill the spots with
epoxy and wood flour, then cover with fiberglass? Inquiring minds
want to know.