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    Default slickcraft reseal,, well repower..... well reglass etc. etc.

    Hi, my name is mike, and I ve been reading here for sometime and have learned a lot of valuable info, and motivation to press on. My "project started out as a 73 slickcraft ss 235 hardtop. purchased for the intent of big lake fishing. I fell inn love with the lines of the boat and made a decision,so 1500.00 later i had her home. the 307 chev runs great but was overheatin above idle, i started the diagnosis and reasoned thet it was time to pull the impeller and repair the leaking pivot caps etc etc. well, the uppere gearcase needed som serious attention, as did the water pump. also the ball gears. whichmine being the earlyt style would require a 600.00 invest alone. all for an outdrive that is sensitive to operate and suffer from some poor engineering, that I would have little confidence in. So along comes a donor boat with a volvo penta v8 outdrive for the refit. after preparing the thransom refit i founa little rot here and there. From aft to bow! it is now a bere hull, minus the cabin, it was solid. I have been in the process of cutting my compononents lateley and am almoost done transom,stringers bulkheads etc. this is farther than I had anticipated going with this but i really like the boat so press on it will be. I would love to hear any critics or comments throughout the project if anyone is interested. Ill post some pics as i go
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    Nice looking hull indeed! Looks great so far. What's next?

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    Maxum,
    Thanks, next is to start glassing in the components after sanding them and giving them a coat of resin. I am going to use epoxy resin as I feel it will be superior to the prevention af future decay of the wood components. I'm using 4 oz cloth over the roving and intend on 2 coats of epoxy on top for water proofing's sake. One of the most troublesome things for me has been the issue of foam and what to use and how to keep it from holding moisture (impossible) ,so my thought is to take some tips from some other members and puor my foam in place using a plastic sheet as a mold release and fashion a removable drainage grid to lay directly on the hull. I am also considering some sort of ventilation system beneath the deck and cabin/cockpit sole to vent to the gunnels. I think i'm headed in the right direction, any thoughts? oops's hull extension thread has provided much needed inspiration after the letdown discovering the extent of the wood decay.
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    I've been doing some thinking about under deck ventalation for a future project. Basically leaving an air space under the deck and have vents in the outside bow and outside transom area. This way the water could move freely through the bilge and air could circulate along with the water helping to keep the the foam dryer as it would be incased above the bilge opening. This would call for a double floor so the foam could still be used for flotation and leave the free flowing bilge with air flow below.

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    nice looking boat! it is similar to my allmand 25', i like the hardtop, how much head room do you have? i am going to build one for mine to put rod holders on it, are you going to rig it for salmon? i see you live in mi, i live 15 miles west of Holland

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    Great boat, I want one next.
    Next year.!

    I think if your tanks are under the deck you must install ventilation.
    Turn it on before firing it up to vent the hull of gasses.
    It only makes sense.

    Great idea to allow for drains BELOW the foam.

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    Maxum,
    from my research on the issue of foam, my conclusion is that given a long enough exposure to water the foam will absorb and hold the water. I had a few chunks that were heavy as rocks when I removed them, I set them up to drain for a few weeks and thewon't give it up. Once it is waterlogged its done, particularly sealed under the deck. I also took a chunk of dry foam, gouged a hole in it and filled it with water. I let it set for about an hour and poured it out and the water seemed to bead right out. My thought is that you will NEVER be able to eliminate water below the deck, so instead of trying to fight it ,allow enough drainage and ventilation to move the water before it has a chance to absorb. And if it doesn't work, then well, i guess it should have!
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    rickics,
    Hey, Nice to hear from someone in my neck of the woods, but isn't 15 mi. west of holland about 200 FOW? just kidding! In fact I bought her just down from you in saugatuck. Yes, i'll be rigging it for the big lake. When I'm standing at the helm a have to crouch a tad, I'm 6' and i think its about 5'10". I have thought about raising it a few inches but I am undecided as to how yet and still make it look good. (also without some major glassing work!) I'd like to see a pic of your Allmand.
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    jonesg,
    thanks, Look around, there's more around than you think. the ss 235 was made for several years and seemed to be a popular model for slickcraft. As far as the fuel tank, it is amidship below deck, but has a teak grill above it. that just lays in place. it has a port and starboard vent to supply and remove air while underway, but it is open to the atmosphere otherwise, it's not sealed under the deck in foam like some. (of course it still can't be removed without cutting the deck!) Which i will be addressing soon, as I'm not sure about re-installing a 36 y.o. tank into the floor that I can't remove!
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    Default Re: slickcraft reseal,, well repower..... well reglass etc. etc.

    Mike! Anything new with the 235 lately?

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    Sorry.
    Last edited by 58hydraglide; November 22nd, 2008 at 06:05 PM. Reason: double post
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    Maxum,

    Not much lately, Deer season has gotten in the way the last few weeks. My 2 boys are getting old enough to really like hunting so I've been taking them as much as I can. That and it decided to get COLD immediately here in sw Mi!! We usually dont see these steady cold temps till after christmas, but there ain't no warming trend in sight!! It was 14 F this morning! I don't think my temporary shelter/workshop is going to be very efficient at heating to working temp for my glass work,.... So I'm gonna take her top off and squeeeeeze her into the garage.

    I received all of my resin, flotation foam and about 120 lbs. of fiberglass, so I'll be getting back to work pretty soon.
    In the meantime I've been working on my layout of the deck, (tackle storage,seating etc) and have been searching for furniture to accomodate it.
    I haven't been able to find exactly what I want, so I've sketched out a few Ideas and I think I'll end up building most of it. (I'm trying to maximize space).

    All this from a simple clean-up, resealing and a little re-rigging!
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    Default Re: slickcraft reseal,, well repower..... well reglass etc. etc.

    Well I finally got back to work on my project. Due to the weather I decided to take her top off in order to fit it in the garage. here are pics of that undertaking. (the top and windshield are hanging in from the rafters of my temporary "garage "!). I started wetting out and bedding in stringers and bulkheads.
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    Here are some more pics of the beginning of the bedding in and wetting out process.I'n order to get the resin to kick, I've covered the boat with a tarp and have a halogen worklight and an electric "milkhouse" heater that I run in the inside the boat when the work is finished for the night. Plus I am running my garage heater before and while I'm working. The resin seems to be kicking just right. I am using epoxy and one of the below pics is a bowl of "learning curve". I used some of the fast hardener and was mixing in my filler, add a little, mix a little, add a little, mix a little. Well I discovered the proper proportions of filler to add to the epoxy and by the time I did the bowl started to get a little warm. No problem....., I thought!, hopped in the boat with my trowel and a few tongue depressors and immediately I couldn't remove the tongue depressor I had stuck in the bowl!! The garage temp was about 50 F but I keep the resin in the house.I took the bowl outside and set it down and watched it sink into the snowbank!After that I got a much better feel for the resin and got to work. My next step will be to install the the remaining cockpit bulkhead and start on the transom, which is laminated from I piece of 3/4 ply and 2 pieces of 1/2 ply. I started wetting out the first 2 pieces tonight so that I can install them tomorrow.
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    hydraglide.....if your glassing in mich......do a search on "glassing in cooler temps"

    it might help make your materials go farther
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    Very interesting. What did you use to cut out the floor?

    Why did you remove so much of the transom?

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    Wow! 58 I lost track for a several days as there's so much going on here on the forum now. The interiors out, the tops off, the stern what happened? max!

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    I had a big gaping OMC hole in the transom and just about every other hole;transom eyes, swim ladder bolts and this model omc had a through transom steering cable that required about a 4" hole in the transom, all had some rot in the wood around each hole so rather than repair a ton of small holes, plus trying to resize the outdrive hole for the V/P drive I decided to replace it. I figured it would be way to difficult to try and fair everything out. The other reason is due to the stringer mount OMC the transom was only 1 1/8' thick and the v/p drive is transom mount so I am laminating the transom to build it up to the required thickness. In fact I got the first layer in tonight, i"ll try and get pics tomorrow. Old sub, I used a 1/4" die grinder with a cut off wheel for most of it. If I had a long cut and ample room, I used a cheap skil saw and just set it deep enough to cut through the glass and the ply. Max, I'm just doing the prep work for a general clean up and a good waxing. Isn't this how you're supposed to do it?? (there was a song, hmmm... something like "one thing leads to another"!) Hey Oops, thanks for the tip, I found some good info. Most of it seemed to deal with poly. I did a search on epoxy and found very little info regarding ambient temp and cure time, but I was told when I bought my resin that if the temp dropped it would slow the cure process but wouldn't affect the strength. I got some medium and fast hardener with it and now that i have an idea on the pot life of each I have been using each one based on how much I need and how long I think I'll need to finish. Before I start glassing though i'll tab in some of the stringer with the fast to get a better Idea of my working time. If anyone has any experience with epoxy resins I would like to here your take on ambient temp cure requirements etc.. Particularly in cooler temps. I can't vary the resin/h ardener the mix ratio but I was told that I can blend the different hardeners to alter the working/cure times. I do like the fact there there is no aroma though
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    To be on the safe side, get all your different cure rate epoxies from the same mfger, mixing catalysts from different mfgers would be risky.
    A halogen light is a safe way to give enough heat.

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    Jonesg,
    I bought all of the products from the same company, they sent me a jug each of fast and meduim hardener to to accomodate what I'm doing and also in case I ran into issues with controlling my temps. It was their suggestion of a jug of each as opposed to 2jugs of the same. I have to tell you also, that I am very pleased with the product, I have had no surprises ( other than my "learning curve") . So far it has mixed and cured exactly as itr should. I've read threads hear about some peoples epoxies not setting up etc. and was a little bit concerned. I am mixing it by weight and all seems well. I would name the company that I got it from, bt I'm not quite sure about the etiquette or protocol allowed here! It's not one of the big three. Much less expensive.
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    I would name the company that I got it from, bt I'm not quite sure about the etiquette or protocol allowed here! It's not one of the big three. Much less expensive.
    Ayuh,....

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    It sounds like you were working with Larry at raka.com...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bond-o View Post
    Ayuh,....

    Go ahead,+ Blurt it Out.....

    It sounds like you were working with Larry at raka.com...
    Nope,... Larry was on vacation I talked to John.
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    Work got your project on hold?

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    Progress has slowed a bit but is still steady. I'm in the process of glassing in the stringers. I've installed and laminated the transom once the stringers are glassed I'll have to pull it out of the garage and sand everything in prep for the remaining bulkheads and the engine stringers and transom glass. Just kind of taking mt time with it.
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    Your doing better with your project than I am with mine, haven't worked on the boat in a month now, weather and other things just got in the way, probably be spring before I get back at it!

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