Posted by – September 7, 2009
Just a warning: This is a bit boat-geeky so you can skip on past if you aren’t doing or planning on doing any fiberglass work.
The West System people publish some really good articles and manuals at westsystem.com. Their search is ok, but google is better. Try copying this into google to browse through everything:
Add a keyword or two like this:
blisters site:http://westsystem.com/ filetype:pdf
to search for a specific topic.
Posted by – June 20, 2009
Whoever put this thing together welded mushroom heads on the ends of all the underwater bolts. Those had to be ground away which means we now need to source some replacement silicone bronze hardware.
The rudder is a bit waterlogged, which we expected, and needs to dry out for a while. We’ll patch it up and give it a proper epoxy coating before it goes back on.
Some really good news is that the gudgeons, part of what holds the rudder on, are fiberglass and not stainless. They apparently switched sometime during the year ours was delivered so we weren’t sure which we’d find. Stainless doesn’t last below the waterline and there isn’t a source for replacements.