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Bellinghamster
04-21-2008, 11:21 AM
When I purchased my boat ('78 S&S) a few weeks ago I went in knowing the stringers would need work. I was hoping to be able to sister/reinforce them enough to make it thru the summer, then "do it right" as a winter project, but after pulling the engine, cleaning the bilge and doing a more thourough inspection I've decided it's gotta be done right the first time, and now is the time.

Unfortunately, I develeoped a sensitivity (alergy) to epoxy over the years, so will need to use polyester resin for this job - I know it's not as good for secondary bond to the original glass, but a job of this magnitude would probably kill me if I tried it in epoxy (even with full suit and respirator I still get flushed and any non-fully cured resin / grinding dust that gets on my skin elicits a reaction not unlike poison ivy... I'm sure you can understand my hesitation).

I'm having a bit of trouble getting motivated for "the big grind". Hopefully I can get the floor and old stringers cut out and all "flattening"/removal grinding done in one session, then save the surface prep grinding for after the new stringers are fitted, just before glassing in (to reduce the chance of surface contamination of the bond area).

I'd appreciate any advice from the others who've done this. I trolled the history, but only found alot of posts stating there are other posts about it, and that all the good pictures are lost.

fintek9
04-21-2008, 12:04 PM
Mine where rotted/ gone in my 76 Hydrosport bass boat back in 90, Go West system glass & resins, hardners, fillers they have all the right stuff to do it right the first time, Grind down to original glass hull first(a must)

Ask away with any Qs, be glad to help!

fintek9
04-21-2008, 12:06 PM
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fintek9
04-21-2008, 12:08 PM
scaned old pics, lost most but have a few left!

cbryan70
04-21-2008, 12:10 PM
what kind of motor do you have on that thing fin?

fintek9
04-21-2008, 12:33 PM
what kind of motor do you have on that thing fin?65 hp Everrude, It's rated for a 90horse, Boy would that be a blast on this thing!:D

fintek9
04-21-2008, 12:34 PM
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fintek9
04-21-2008, 12:35 PM
project done!

Upper Michigan Prostar190
04-21-2008, 01:03 PM
those stringers are pretty rotten.

fintek9
04-21-2008, 01:06 PM
those stringers are pretty rotten.That was after fix moron! can't find the "before and during" pics! Got lost in the divorce:o

fintek9
04-21-2008, 01:07 PM
U think the ethanol fuel had anything to do with it?
What, You don't run 102 oct in an outboard????

fintek9
04-21-2008, 01:15 PM
Well Gene can sniff my vapors as I go skipping by him on the water:D

TRBenj
04-21-2008, 01:29 PM
You should replace one stringer at a time so the hull does not lose its shape. Additional bracing is not a bad idea either.

Upper Michigan Prostar190
04-21-2008, 01:30 PM
You should replace one stringer at a time so the hull does not lose its shape. Additional bracing is not a bad idea either.
I think thats a good idea.

Dan K
04-21-2008, 02:00 PM
I've seen other just cut the top off the stringers and replace the wood and reglass the top. this would seem to hold the shape better. Is this a possible approach for you.

FrankSchwab
04-22-2008, 01:34 AM
Like Dan K said. Top'em, stuff'em, and cover'em up.
Had a friend do exactly that, with excellent results.

Maybe your best bet is to find some unskilled (and non-allergic) labor to do the nasty parts?

/frank

H20skeefreek
04-22-2008, 09:08 AM
Mine where rotted/ gone in my 76 Hydrosport bass boat back in 90, Go West system glass & resins, hardners, fillers they have all the right stuff to do it right the first time, Grind down to original glass hull first(a must)

Ask away with any Qs, be glad to help!
While I agree with your thinking on West Systems Epoxies, evidently you missed his conundrum about being allergic to Epoxy.