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Repairs around base of centreboard case
I have picked up an old 125 (No 1012- Rainbow Warrior) and am setting about patching it up. I have come across some wood rot along the base of the centreboard case, on the floor of the cockpit- both sides. I have scraped out the rotten wood, leaving a gap of a couple of mm. Any suggestions for treating the wood and filling the gap so as to restore structural integrity?
Any suggestions welcome.
Peter- Dry Reaching

Dry Reaching (1962)15-Nov-2008    Edit    Delete 
Re: Repairs around base of centreboard case
Without seeing the damage, suggest something like:
1. Clean to bare timber and dry area.
2. 2-3 coats of Everdure(a v. low-viscosity epoxy product).
3. Fill all gaps etc. with any epoxy based filler(may have to colour to timber if clear finished)
4. Fibreglass the corner join(s) with strip that covers about 30-40mm(min.)of floor and up the side of the case, say 2 layers of 240gm or use some double bias(stronger and cheaper!)- use Epoxy Resin. Have fun!! ...PS: Rainbow Warrier - beware of any FROGmen in red,white and blue wetsuits.
Pierre de la wet windward.

John Gardner Anderson16-Nov-2008    Edit    Delete 
Re: Repairs around base of centreboard case
Many thanks for the response- very helpful. For the epoxy resin, I had proposed to use fibreglass resin purchased from Bunnings- Diggers brand fibreglass repair kit. Would that do the job?
Dry Reaching (1962)17-Nov-2008    Edit    Delete 

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