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Old February 2nd, 2010, 02:23 PM   #1
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I have many years experiance in boat building,boat repair, and boat use!
I may be able to help you with your boating issues, and if i cant help you I know alot of other people that can!

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Do you have any knowledge of wooden boats? I have an older wooden boat that I would like to restore in the near future. It seems to be in very good condition. It needs to be stripped, a few panels on the interior need to be replaced, and the window frames need to be repaired or replaced along with the glass needing attention. I just want to make sure the boat is worthy of doing this. It's been sitting mostly inside before I acquired it. I've heard a god way to test them is to fill the interior with water and see if it has any major leaks or issues. There was one repair done on the bottom of the boat but it looks clean to me. I will get some pictures up in the next day or two of the boat. I will also post the make as I cannot remember exactly what it is. I know it was a very rare boat to find around and not many of them were made. I remember running google searches a while back and couldn't find any info on the boat. The only knowledge I've gained on the subject thus far is a little info on what to use when stripping the boat.
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I have many years experiance in boat building,boat repair, and boat use!
I may be able to help you with your boating issues, and if i cant help you I know alot of other people that can!

20 years with Four Winns boats in Cadillac Mi

15 years as product development manager taking new product designs through prototype to production.
Easy Step, you have a PM.
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Old February 3rd, 2010, 10:49 AM   #4
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Do you have any knowledge of wooden boats? I have an older wooden boat that I would like to restore in the near future. It seems to be in very good condition. It needs to be stripped, a few panels on the interior need to be replaced, and the window frames need to be repaired or replaced along with the glass needing attention. I just want to make sure the boat is worthy of doing this. It's been sitting mostly inside before I acquired it. I've heard a god way to test them is to fill the interior with water and see if it has any major leaks or issues. There was one repair done on the bottom of the boat but it looks clean to me. I will get some pictures up in the next day or two of the boat. I will also post the make as I cannot remember exactly what it is. I know it was a very rare boat to find around and not many of them were made. I remember running google searches a while back and couldn't find any info on the boat. The only knowledge I've gained on the subject thus far is a little info on what to use when stripping the boat.
SORRY, I dont have much experiance on wooden boat restoring, but a couple of thing i do know about wooden boats is, when stripping a wooden boat you need to be very careful not to containment the wood its self, other wise your new coating will not adhear properly, i also understand wooden boats are a love of labor, now i here there are new systems to make wooden boats much less labor intense.
I would suggest you take the boat to a restore shop or someone that knows how to restore wooden boats!

But if you are ready to tackle maybe the biggest project of your life and love the idea of stripping and sanding and sanding and sanding and layers of epoxy after layer and it may not turn out perfect , what the hell its yours all your love and labor! GO FOR IT!

I DO KNOW A COUPLE GUYS THAT HAVE RESTORED WOODEN BOATS ( OR SHOULD I SAY STARTED RESTORING WOODEN BOATS ) NOW THAT I THINK ABOUT IT I HAVENT SEEN THEIR BOATS ON THE WATER!
I WILL SEE WHAT I COME UP WITH
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I'll bump this thread with a Me too.

Engine/outdrive maintenance or repair.
I 'might' be able to help with fiberglass repair....LOL.

I've worked with John (Easy Step) for a short year or two and he KNOWS his stuff when it comes to boats!
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So is it worth paying someone to grease the gimble in the outdrive? Ive heard it take 5 minutes and costs you a gasket and a tube of grease....

I heard its $140 for someone to do it for you......

Just bought a boat and dont like paying dealers unless its something I wouldnt be able to handle.....

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If they haven't been maintained they can be stuck in the motor pretty hard.

Mercruiser or Volvo/Cobra/OMC?


It doesn't take 5 minutes. The fastest I could do one with a brand new setup, never installed with parts laying out is about 5 minutes....

You will need to double check the engine alignment while it's out.


It's something I could help you with and sure wouldn't charge $140. Might even just takes parts for trade.
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If they haven't been maintained they can be stuck in the motor pretty hard.

Mercruiser or Volvo/Cobra/OMC?


It doesn't take 5 minutes. The fastest I could do one with a brand new setup, never installed with parts laying out is about 5 minutes....

You will need to double check the engine alignment while it's out.


It's something I could help you with and sure wouldn't charge $140. Might even just takes parts for trade.
I'll PM you so I don't hijack this thread.....
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Hey everyone the boating season is about ready to get started, is your boat ready?
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ok, im restoring a 76 Mastercraft skier, whats the best way to refinish my oxidized hull?

ive heard mixed reviews on using penetrol,
and ive heard that a good buffer with rubbing compound is the way to go but others have told me i should not do this.

clearification/advise would be greatly appreciated.
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ok, im restoring a 76 Mastercraft skier, whats the best way to refinish my oxidized hull?

ive heard mixed reviews on using penetrol,
and ive heard that a good buffer with rubbing compound is the way to go but others have told me i should not do this.

clearification/advise would be greatly appreciated.
THANKS.
Here is what I did with wetsanding, 2 stage Aquabuff and collinite wax. It worked great.

another aquabuff before and after - Scream And Fly Powerboat and High Performance Powerboating Discussion Forums

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i forgot you had that boat bones. i meant to ask how you redid yours.
it looks fantastic. my hull is black metallic like that too. i may have to go with that. i tried some heavy cut compound on mine and it seemed to work well, but i will look into the aqua buff. did it take much to keep it looking nice all summer?
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Do you have any pics of your boat?
Wet sanding is the quickest way to get through the oxidation, and you have to be very careful not to sand through or buff through the gel coat.

So if you dont have any experiance with finishes paint or gel coat be very careful and take your time learning the surface you are working on and start in a some what hidden area.
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Nice job bones!
lOOKS LIKE YOU WORKED YOUR FINGERS TO THE BONES ( JUST A LITTLE FUNNY)
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did it take much to keep it looking nice all summer?
Everytime you take it out of the water, use a spray and wipe wax, like Eagle 1 or something like that.

Mine has about 12-14 hours in it. The aquabuff (AB)took a while to get used to but once you get the hang of it you can whip through it fast. for the first stage AB, make sure you use a heavy wool pad like they recomend. It builds heat faster and really glazes perfect.

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Do you have any pics of your boat?
Wet sanding is the quickest way to get through the oxidation, and you have to be very careful not to sand through or buff through the gel coat.

So if you dont have any experiance with finishes paint or gel coat be very careful and take your time learning the surface you are working on and start in a some what hidden area.
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i dont have any pics on my work computer, when i get home tonight (late) ill post some.

i have some experience but i would not consider myself an expert in any capacity. im starting with the matching motor cover, that way if anything were to go wrong i have only damaged a replaceable part.
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i dont have any pics on my work computer, when i get home tonight (late) ill post some.

i have some experience but i would not consider myself an expert in any capacity. im starting with the matching motor cover, that way if anything were to go wrong i have only damaged a replaceable part.
Sounds good!
metallic finishes have a clear gel coat top coat, depending on the thickness of the clear, you could end up going through to the metal flake, be careful!
Also, play your favorite music when you are working on your boat, have fun, just think of all the complements you will get when its done!
MasterCrafts are awesome boats!
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here are some pics of my boat.
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