Stringer/motor mount repair

Discussion in 'Fiberglass/Wood/Gelcoat Repair' started by Thornton69, Apr 23, 2019.

  1. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 21, 2009
    PA
    Various
    Various
    Agree. Plenty.
     
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  2. Thornton69

    Thornton69 Active Member

    523
    Sep 15, 2014
    Northern BC
    1981 245 SDC
    1984 18' Valco sled
    5.7 260 Merc/ Bravo 2
    Evanrude 115/80 jet
    Winter is settling in up here and the project is having to go on hold for a bit. Temps just haven't been cooperating with me. Mounts, bulkhead and fuel tank compartment are glassed in. Pour in floatation is next, another layer of glass on main engine bed stringers and then the lower deck. Will still have to glass in some pads and supports for the upper deck before fuel tank, drive and engine can be fitted back in.
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  3. douglee25

    douglee25 Well-Known Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    Dallas, TX
    Cruisers 3575
    Twin 7.4l
    Looks great!
     
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  4. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 21, 2009
    PA
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    FYI... I worked on my Grady over the Winter by building a big roof over the boat - using the gunwales as support. Then shrink wrapped the whole thing. Basically, I had a big tent. I put a big door in the wrap to get in and out easily, hung a couple 4' shop lights under the "roof" and had a small, portable (oil filled) heater. I could work in there, regardless of outside temp.
     
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  5. Thornton69

    Thornton69 Active Member

    523
    Sep 15, 2014
    Northern BC
    1981 245 SDC
    1984 18' Valco sled
    5.7 260 Merc/ Bravo 2
    Evanrude 115/80 jet
    Thanks guys. Will definitely set something set up and get back on it as soon as I am mobile enough. Going in to get a (L5-S1) fusion done on my back later this week. Sounding like it will be several months before I will be able to start working it again.
     
  6. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 21, 2009
    PA
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    Well, OK, I guess that's a good enough excuse to stop working on the boat ;)

    Hope you your recovery is a quick one!
     
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  7. Thornton69

    Thornton69 Active Member

    523
    Sep 15, 2014
    Northern BC
    1981 245 SDC
    1984 18' Valco sled
    5.7 260 Merc/ Bravo 2
    Evanrude 115/80 jet
    Have got most of my mobility back and the weather is improving. Time to get this project rolling again. Temporally wrapped the hull with insolated tarps and put some additional heat under it. Poured the 2 part floatation and reinstalled the plugs that were removed. Ended up with 7 different voids to fill. Have some final prep to do before carrying on with the glassing. The lower deck is pretty solid. Do you guys think a single sheet of 1708 will be enough for the top of it?
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  8. douglee25

    douglee25 Well-Known Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    Dallas, TX
    Cruisers 3575
    Twin 7.4l
    On the plywood decking? Yes.
     
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  9. Thornton69

    Thornton69 Active Member

    523
    Sep 15, 2014
    Northern BC
    1981 245 SDC
    1984 18' Valco sled
    5.7 260 Merc/ Bravo 2
    Evanrude 115/80 jet
    Believe I have this "little project" behind me now. Can confidently say "I would not wish a job like this on anyone" and "I did it once".
    Glassed the top of the lower decks. Added a couple blocks on top of that to anchor the top deck supports to. Gave it all the first coat of Bilgekote. Temporarily installed the transom/gimbal assembly (with new bearing) along with the engine. Aligned the drive coupler to the gimbal bearing and drilled out the motor mount pilot holes at the center of their side to side adjustment. Removed everything, and opened up the holes up to 1/2". Planning to seal the exposed wood in the hole with resin and clamping the mounts with 3/8 through bolts.
    Now I can go back to the gimbal assembly rebuild, which is where this all started, after finding some loose lag bolts on the motor mounts.
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  10. Strecker25

    Strecker25 Well-Known Member

    Nov 20, 2014
    Rochester, NY
    1998 290 Sundancer
    Twin 5.7EFI/Alphas, Kohler 4kw
    looks fantastic. Awesome job, what an undertaking
     
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  11. douglee25

    douglee25 Well-Known Member

    Jan 13, 2008
    Dallas, TX
    Cruisers 3575
    Twin 7.4l
    Looks really nice. Did a big project like that once and never again.
     
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  12. Thornton69

    Thornton69 Active Member

    523
    Sep 15, 2014
    Northern BC
    1981 245 SDC
    1984 18' Valco sled
    5.7 260 Merc/ Bravo 2
    Evanrude 115/80 jet
    Thanks! I will second that.
    Planning to splash it for the upcoming season on our May long weekend. Have a solid foundation now to work with. Next will be the cabin upgrades and to better the power in front of it's B2.
     
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