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Old 15 October 2012, 05:13   #1
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Doing up a searider 4

Heres how I fixed up my Avon Searider. I'm new to it , the whole lot took six weeks, with chunks of other stuff being done in between, but it was an obsessive labour of love.

Thanks to all the other people who posted there projects up , they were a great help to me. Also thanks to Bill Higham, fantastic engine and the fact you phone up and speak to the organ grinder with any problems is unheard of these days when you have an issue. Cheers Bill.

Well heres what I got to start with. Plus steering cable, two old steering wheels,

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Old 15 October 2012, 05:27   #2
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The small crack in the deck

First thing to do was sort out the "small crack" which had never let any water in , apparently I could just sikaflex it. Not that the seller was any the wiser than me, he was a nice fellow, I think , right Neil ?? I got a wire brush and drill and just started to remove the old repair, which started off as a 3 inch crack.

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ID:	73242 Each layer of the deck has to go back as was, you cant just fill it with glass as it will create a hard point which will crack.

Firstly I put back the gellcoat layer in the hull, I used a bit of hard plastic off an old TV, this forms a seal and a base to put the rest of the deck material onto. I used eastcoast fibreglass marine grade epoxy and glued it and then used fibre strips where it met the edge of the hull.

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then I cut out some ply and put that layer back which layed on a "thin" level layer of resin. I only left this to go solid enoguh to lay the firbreglass so it could co-cure with the next layer.

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Old 15 October 2012, 06:09   #3
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Glass on top

Next I put the fibreglass on top after checking out this blokes videos on you tube. starting with this Click image for larger version

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Old 15 October 2012, 06:25   #4
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holes

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I also refibreglassed all previous holes in the deck to stop any water ingression to the timber in the floor. Then I had to fix these holes where the throttle control was bolted. I used 3 layers of fibreglass mesh , applied to both sides, making sure I ground out a bevel around each hole back to raw glass and acetoned cleaned the area before wetting it out.

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Old 15 October 2012, 06:37   #5
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The transom

Heres the transom I couldn't leave it as it was, I had to find out what the damage was and if it could hold my expensive engine on and save my sons life if we had to get home. No choice but to remove all metal.


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A nice mixture of candle wax, sixaflex, fibreglass , and aluminum were used to fix it up

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the holes contained some "not much" damp rotten wood all of which had to be scraped out back to solid timber inside each hole where necessary and dried out with a heat gun and left for a week so all moisture had evaporated.

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Old 15 October 2012, 06:53   #6
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Great stuff. Makes me realise what I am doing to mine is minor in comparison . And thats just based on what you have done so far !
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Old 15 October 2012, 07:47   #7
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rott

First I had to cut out the transom for the medium shaft engine, once the shape was established I had to remove the damp rotten wood from the top edge. I did this using a worn down wire brush wheel on a drill which fitted sideways and ground out all the rotten stuff but wasnt tough enough to remove solid timber, it also created two channels either side of the plywood layers creating a good cavity to bond the repair into. I then dryed it thoroughly with a heat gun and left it to dry for a couple of days.


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Old 15 October 2012, 08:03   #8
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Glassfibre reinforced transom top.

I then layed up the cavity with long stips of glass matt until the 8mm deep channels were filled.

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I ground out the loose fibreglass before putting a 5mm capping layer on.
So thats a 13mm tapered firbreglass bow in the top of my transom. Engineers comments welcome.

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This was then sanded down and shaped into this little beauty. Now the top was solid , what about the rest ?

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Old 15 October 2012, 08:20   #9
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Great stuff. Makes me realise what I am doing to mine is minor in comparison . And thats just based on what you have done so far !
It easy when the alternative is having a rotting pile of money on your drive and a steaming misses!! Thanks mate.
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Old 15 October 2012, 08:23   #10
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It easy when the alternative is having a rotting pile of money on your drive and a steaming misses!! Thanks mate.
Well when I say pile I mean a little wad, enough for an average pair of Jimmy's Shoes , or is that Jimmy Chew, or Jimmy "takes the piss out of gullable blokes" Chew , thats how she will see it anyway. Her lovely shoes rotting on the drive.
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