Just finished matting the other side, so both sides now have two layers of mat. Still need to protect edges, may do later today. May sand later today, but might hold off till tomorrow as we have brutal humidity here today. And I don't want resin dust in my garage! Humidity caught me by surprise (even in my garage!), resin started gelling just as I was finished, but rolled it out, looks good.
Got plenty of chores around the homestead tomorrow when it dries out and cools down some. So I will probably get at it Monday through the early part of next week. We're leaving Thursday for NH for a long weekend. Sure would be nice to get that transom in, but it is going to be a bear to do!
Test fitted the new transom yesterday, just to make sure! Looks like it will do fine, just needs a tad more attention (like all my fiberglass projects!). Sanded two inches back around both sides for future adhesion.
Sanded the stern of the boat down gradually from 2 inches out to paper thin in, or best I could do. That way I can lay successive layers of cloth from smaller to larger final layers to match original gel coat.
Need to clean inside (especially bottom) today where new transom will sit. Then hope to at least tack in Wednesday, if not completely install from the inside. That will not be fun. Finish of the outside is relatively easy and can wait.
Been very busy with other stuff around the property...
Transom is in rough tonight. Needs to get wedged tight tomorrow and glassed in. Was kind of a job getting it in, but I was prepared to do whatever was necessary. Had to cut the stringers back and part of the engine well to get it in.
Spent a good part of the morning between grinding inside where fiberglass and resin would go (i.e., all over!), then a bit of final detail on the transom, basically a quality inspection to make sure everything was coated and there were no spots moisture could get in.
Transom glassed from outside. Nothing like the smell of resin first thing in the morning!
Guess what? Will be much more difficult to do from the inside, and I did not want it moving when I was in there. So Gregg has the day off, and helped me get it as tight to the exterior skin as possible. I filled the minor side spaces with resin-wetted fiberglass insulation and covered it with a 4 inch piece of mat. Letting it sit and kick while I have something to eat!
As a benefit of cutting just enough engine well out to get in my 1-1/2+ transom, I have found I do NOT have to crawl inside to do transom glassing! Wonder of wonders!
First pic is of the outside bottom glass. ( generally do not mix more resin than 8 ozs, and often do just 4. Second pic is one of the inside ends. Did both. Have first layer of everything, except inside bottom. That's next.
I must admit to wonder who I'm posting for. Just me?
You are not posting for just you. I am watching every step and appreciate your detailed explanations and associated pictures. I am just trying not to interrupt your progress with too many replies. You will have great piece of mind when all is done. One day, I will have to move my transom replacement to the top of the list. At least I already have the old one out. The rotted wood was still wet even after sitting in dry storage for 6 years! Keep up the good work and you might be on the water while the weather is still nice.
Thank you Dr. Go. No, this boat will probably be done next year. The existing paint is not good and needs to come off, get sealed (or whatever) and repainted, both deck and hull. I think I'm done for the day, will be leaving in the a.m. and not back for a week. Basically I don't have to worry about the transom moving.
When I cut the rear stingers out so I could get my nice new transom in, some of the lower plys were still damp. Not terrible, but I thought after sitting for a few weeks after I had removed the wet foam under the seats, the wet transom, and removed the fiberglass from the top of the stringers, everything would dry. Nope.
Last week I finished the transom inside by adding 3 layers of every increasing width glass on the sides and one wide one on the bottom. I may do more, not sure.
Today I glassed exposed stringers in the back I had exposed when I first got the boat to dry the wood out. As I got thinking about stripping the paint off the boat last week, it occurred to me I had more work to do if I want to hose down the boat. Still some minor stuff to do, but not much.
A layer of short strand fiberglass reinforced waterproof filler across the transom to help build it out. Took a quart, and will buy another quart later today. One heck of a lot less expensive than heavy weight 'glass cloth. Sanded with that long board you see. Will finish it with a belt sander and a lot of hand detail, and encapsulate the final product with fiberglass impregnated cloth.
Getting closer all the time with the transom, but still need to strip the deck paint.
Have not been back to the boat, but hope to spend time with it tomorrow. Transom still needs help, but I may at least try my paint stripper on the deck, see how it does. Bought a two part kit of Interlux Perfection in Rochelle Red today at West Marine, along with a boat hook. Ordered Interlux reducer for rolling and tipping, and a two part kit of Interlux Primekote, as well as two new dock lines. Shortest I could get was 15 feet, the length of the boat!
By the way, I may have already mentioned this, but I'm not working on the Gator trailer to any extent. The boat is on another trailer and the Gator can wait till next year. I figure I have about 6 weeks of decent weather left, and will concentrate on the boat on decent (i.e., not hot and muggy) days.
Will keep you all posted on how I make out tomorrow.
A small test of CittrusStrip on the starboard deck of the Jet Deville. I think I need to let the CittrusStrip sit a bit longer than 30 minutes. I can't imagine the gray is gel coat, but maybe? Stripper will probably run me 100 bucks and lots of labor.
Looks like a white hull, light gray primer and red paint. Not knowing what kind of paint it is, it all has to come off. I will keep expanding the circle, but tomorrow when I get home from getting an oil change for the F150, I have to get under the foredeck and remove hardware. At some point soon, I also need to finish the transom so I can get a drain tube in. Otherwise I can't rinse CittrusStrip debris off.