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bodger

Dinghy Project.

I've got an old but unholed fibre glass dinghy that I'm thinking of renovating. Its been lying around in the farmyard for years and will almost certainly need things like the transom replacing etc. My joinery excellence has only ever risen to six inch nail standard, so I'm very much going to need help and advice.
I'll drag it out into the open this evening and get Kaz to take some photographs of it so that folks can get an idea of what I'm facing.
dtalbot

Is that the one that had been turned into a bog garden???
bodger

No, this is yet another one. I got it in a deal of some description about ten years ago and its just been abandoned in the long grass and brambles ever since.
bodger

Now where did I leave that project? Its here somewhere.








The transom will obviously have to be replaced.





At least its still holds water.


Gareth

Now I would have thought that replacing that rotten transom would have been reasonable easy for you accomplish: just get Hawkeye to do it.  
bodger

Have you got anything useful to say ?     I've already hinted that he may be asked for advice. I've asked him to build a trailer too.
Gareth

bodger wrote:
Have you got anything useful to say ?


Sorry mate ................. I'm a foul mood today; some selfish git 4 or 5 houses down the chain has pulled out, because he can't move his fish in the pond .... the whole chain has collapsed and the house purchase has fallen through: Lois & I will be homeless next week, because we have gone well past the the month safety net we had allowed ourselves on this house we are renting.
bodger

Thats bad news Gareth. I'm not having a go at you mate, I know you love me really.
Woodsmoke

I'd have a good check over the glass to make sure it's still sound, Bodger? If it's had a few outside winters there's a possibility that frost may have caused the glass to delaminate from the resin, resulting in 'rotten' spots.................easy to find though. If there are any, & they're not too extensive, you'll likely get away with a local patch repair. I'd have a good close look at the strengthening ribs too, especially in the angles
bodger

I might send someone else out in it first.
Woodsmoke

I like your thinking!  
Jonty

I'm no expert boat builder but being a cheapskate I've only ever done self taught repairs on my own boat.  

I reckon you could jigsaw a marine ply transom quite easily.  Possibly use some fibre glass to fix it in situ.

The hulls comprise of three layers, the fibre glass shell with a filler over that to make a smooth finish and then a gel coat 'varnish' which provides the waterproofing.  It's easy to fix dings by grinding back the filler around a hole to expose enough fibre to apply new and then re-fill and gel coat.

If the hull seems sound, it my be worth giving it a new gelcoat just to ensure it's watertight.
bodger

Jonty.
My committments to this years cricket season will be over in a couple of weeks time and you can rest assured that I'll be back to pick your brains.
Diz

I done a similar project last year Bodger. I was a bit concerned when I learned that boats are made of materials which are not waterproof   I will dig the Photos out.

Slainte

Diz

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