Fiberglass Boat Repair Manual

ISBN-10: 0071569146

ISBN-13: 9780071569149

Edition: 1989

Authors: Allan H. Vaitses

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This is the definitive book on the subject, covering not just cosmetic dings and scratches, but also major repairs of structural damage to hull and decks, delamination, refinishing, blistering, etc. A manual for the owner of a sail- or powerboat, large or small, who desires an encyclopedic source for the care of his or her boat. Also invaluable for anyone seeking to buy and restore an old and perhaps damaged boat.
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Book details

List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 1989
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional Publishing
Publication date: 10/22/1988
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 192
Size: 7.50" wide x 10.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

Materials and Construction What fiberglass is
Boatbuilding resins
Resin products: glues and putties
The glass fiber materials
Constructing the fiberglass boat
Gelcoat and paint finishes
Interior parts
Other fiberglass parts
Restoring the Surface Finish Gelcoat dullness and fading
Scratches, dings, and breakouts
Gelcoat cracks that won't stay puttied
Bubbles, blisters, and boat pox
Regelcoating versus repainting fiberglass
The Art of Fiberglassing Gelcoating
Hand lay-up
Laying up core materials
Repairing or applying reinforcements
Tabbing parts to hull and deck
Fractures, Small Holes, Delaminations Grinding and Cutting
Patching cored construction
Dealing with Core Problems Saturation--an introduction to the problem
Confined and accessible area of deck saturation
Total deck saturation
Core saturation in hulls
Crushable cores
Rebuilding Large Holes and Shattered Areas Is she worth repairing?
Salvaging the boat
Working out a repair schedule
Backing damage with sheet stock
Working the boat back into shape
Backing compound curves
Framing in a missing shape
Taking a mold off another boat of the same model
Making the piece
Undercured, Resin-Rich, and Cooked Laminates Go back to the manufacturer--if possible
How to repair undercore--if you must
Resin-rich and cooked laminates
8 Repairing Keels and Other Underwater Parts Damage to hollow fiberglass keels
Weeps around metal hardware
Fixing fin keels and separate skegs
Damage to interior reinforcing members
Lead-ballasted fin keels
Bolted-on iron fin keels
Centerboards and centerboard trunks
Repairing the centerboard case
Rudders and skegs
Troubles on Deck Leaks around fittings
Leaks around deck joints, rails, and railcaps
More about leaks
Hatches and portlights: leaks, fractures, and other troubles
Treating the overstressed boat
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