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by jralbert
Thu Nov 30, 2017 11:27 am
Forum: Boat and Hull
Topic: Aft Deck Restoration
Replies: 48
Views: 4474

Re: Aft Deck Restoration

RiverRatt -- see my post of Plasteak above. The only con is cost but it's virtually forever so the cost is one time. Very easy to work with. I used a scrap piece in my garden and 20 years later, as good as new under damp, shady conditions. On the boat, it was not harmed by sun
by jralbert
Wed Nov 29, 2017 9:03 pm
Forum: Marinette Admin Notices
Topic: Search Index
Replies: 1
Views: 135

Re: Search Index

thank you...search feature is very important, there's a gold mine of info here that is available for just searching
by jralbert
Fri Nov 24, 2017 4:50 pm
Forum: About My Boat Brags
Topic: Just added another boat, 26' Express
Replies: 1
Views: 124

Re: Just added another boat, 26' Express

Is your spouse unhappy with your choice of manifolds or the cruising speed?
by jralbert
Fri Nov 24, 2017 4:49 pm
Forum: Bottom Paint and Preparation
Topic: Anti-fouling TriLux 33
Replies: 2
Views: 181

Re: Anti-fouling TriLux 33

I think ablative refers to what we'll call normal wear and tear -- pushing thru the water. A power wash blast is something else. I recall getting a power wash annually at haul out and only small bits of paint were removed. For some reason, your paint doesn't appear to be bonding as tightly as it sho...
by jralbert
Sat Nov 18, 2017 1:16 pm
Forum: Boat and Hull
Topic: Hull Anodes
Replies: 9
Views: 355

Re: Hull Anodes

Here's something I used to do with keel & trim tab zincs: when they were almost half worn, I put them aside and replaced with fresh ones. When the fresh ones wore almost to the halfway point, I would clean them and mount the cleaned old ones -- sort of double zincs -- along with the recently wor...
by jralbert
Mon Nov 13, 2017 1:17 pm
Forum: Boat and Hull
Topic: Hull Anodes
Replies: 9
Views: 355

Re: Hull Anodes

Is it best to apply anodes when the hull is bare, before any paint is applied? If so, what protects the hull surface under the anodes? Is it just natural Al oxidation? What keeps the hull from pitting under the anodes, esp in salt or brackish water? Sandblast the surface beneath the anodes. Then ta...
by jralbert
Mon Nov 13, 2017 1:09 pm
Forum: General Topics
Topic: Bottom paint recommendation
Replies: 10
Views: 443

Re: Bottom paint recommendation

Just a reminder that when yard finishes sand or soda blasting, they must put first coat of primer on same day... Wait too long (more than a few hrs) and the benefit of sandblasting is lost and the new coatings won't hold long.

Happy love-aboarding
by jralbert
Sun Oct 22, 2017 11:36 pm
Forum: Boat and Hull
Topic: Aft Deck Restoration
Replies: 48
Views: 4474

Re: Aft Deck Restoration

My plasteak bowsprit held up for years with no maintenance and always looked like new (was still going strong when I sold it). With more energy for a project, I would have covered rear deck with it. Mine was T&G (tongue and groove) - no glue. For the rear deck I would have used some kind of mfr-...
by jralbert
Sun Oct 22, 2017 11:32 pm
Forum: Engines
Topic: 318/392 Stroker Motors
Replies: 8
Views: 324

Re: 318/392 Stroker Motors

That is very good performance - 29 mph at 4,000 with a lot of wind resistance up top and extra weight below. We had a similar boat with 318's, same props and trans and settled for 24mph at best.
by jralbert
Sun Oct 22, 2017 11:30 pm
Forum: For Sale or Wanted
Topic: Worth Buying? 76' 37 foot sedan
Replies: 15
Views: 399

Re: Worth Buying? 76' 37 foot sedan

Concur with Rockit on the surveyor. One hired by you, not the seller. And one who has confirmed experience w/aluminum boats. Most of what you've described about the boat is cosmetics, even the wood finish problems which obviously the result of leaks that can be relatively easily repaired. The survey...

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