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Old 02-10-2012, 10:24 AM
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One can certainly see things have taken a turn in the right direction. I am watching closely as I will be doing this job one day. My stringers are still rock solid, as are my platform mounts, but it is only a matter of how long.
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Old 02-10-2012, 11:37 AM
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It is looking good.
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Old 02-10-2012, 07:29 PM
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Enjoying watching this progress. Keep the pics and reports coming.
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Old 02-10-2012, 09:48 PM
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Love these restoration threads. Someday I'll have time for one of these projects.
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Old 02-12-2012, 02:02 AM
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Friday's project update

I have removed one of the stringers from the boat. Ready to pull a pattern off it for the new stringer. You can see how water damaged it has become. the fiberglass laminate that it was incased in just pealed right off...this was actually a good thing....I can make a more accurate pattern off the raw stringer.

Also I modified the trailer so the boat will fit properly.

next week: pattern making 101. (I think I have a good method to transfer the contour of the hull to the new beam)...we will see....

The fiberglass supplies arrived from Areomarine yesterday also...
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Old 02-12-2012, 07:36 AM
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the fiberglass laminate that it was incased in just pealed right off...this was actually a good thing....I can make a more accurate pattern off the raw stringer.

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Wooden stringers. confirmed

Nice work on the trailer... Nice looking beads from what I can tell in the pictures...


Wish I had access to a shop like that...

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Old 02-12-2012, 12:38 PM
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Nice work on the trailer. That stringer has definitely earned it's retirement.
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Old 02-12-2012, 07:48 PM
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Maybe I'm way off base here but, I have not ever read of another "82" with rotten stringers (not that they don't exist, obviously). My buddy had a 80 slot that needed some stringer work, but have not read any other threads with 1980's stars and stripes with rotten stringers. Maybe it was a matter of time and their finally showing their age ( I hope not). Or yours just had a isolated delamination. I have read of a few in the 1970's range with some rot, but very few.
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Old 02-12-2012, 08:44 PM
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Maybe I'm way off base here but, I have not ever read of another "82" with rotten stringers (not that they don't exist, obviously). My buddy had a 80 slot that needed some stringer work, but have not read any other threads with 1980's stars and stripes with rotten stringers. Maybe it was a matter of time and their finally showing their age ( I hope not). Or yours just had a isolated delamination. I have read of a few in the 1970's range with some rot, but very few.
This is very common in any boat that has wood stringers.... even our beloved MC's. No matter how well they may or may not have been wrapped from the factory, there is water constantly being exposed to them (people in and out of boat, sitting outside) and the wood will eventually get wet. Wet wood = Rot. If in theory you could be 100% sure that your stringers had never had the chance of water getting to them IE every hole siliconed wach time bolt removed, zero flex in platform brackets allowing water to get behind them, rubbing silicon on any factory imperfection from the day it rolled out of the factory then yes, your stringers will never rot. For most that is not the case.

wishart's stringers actually compared to what Ive seen are not that bad and sure they would get worse, but could have been repaired and used for several more years. This is the difference between the MC.... They were made better. Supras, Malibus, Nautiques of these years will not be "repairable" but will have to be completely removed and redone as Wishart is doing. This is due to inferior construction quality. When I removed mine from a supra, they were just twigs left inside the laminations; you could take a screwdriver, punch though the glass, and then move it freely all the way to the hull of the boat.

Short story that I made really long, Yes, in time your stringers too will rot. But by being very meticulous about maitenance as in using silicone, storing inside, towel drying after use; you can prolong it. And then, chances are you will only need repair instead of replacement.
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Old 02-12-2012, 09:25 PM
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Good work!! Keep those pics coming!
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