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Old 17 November 2008, 13:18   #1
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5.4m Searider project

Hi everyone, I am looking for advice on repairing a 5.M sea rider.

I have a hull which is in good enough nick except for the transom, the marine ply is rotten due to unsealed holes.
It is a twin engine model, which I plan on changing to single.

The plan is to strip away the fiberglass on the inside of the transom, replace the rotten ply with good quality marine ply and re-glass over it, I plan on filling the centre self bailer hole and making two new outer holes.

After repairing the transom I want to refinish the hull with a new gel-coat, what I want to know is will I be able to achieve the same finish that is on the deck of the boat over my newly repaired transom?
I want to keep the finish as original looking as possible.

I have new tubes to fit to the hull, the tubes are the standard grey and the hull is orange.
I don't know whether to leave the hull orange or have it refinished in grey.
I have heavy duty black straking, probably more than enough to do my boat, and would like to put it to use. But when it comes to a pattern or configuration for the straking I am completely lost.

I have no engine as of yet but would like a Yamaha 90 2 Stroke, I have new Yamaha gauges and controls ready and waiting.

I have new cable steering ready to go and I am going to use the standard seat and console, refurbished of course.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated, I will try and post some pics soon.

I forgot to mention my Father is a shipwright and will be helping with the build.

Thanks in advance, Murph.
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Old 17 November 2008, 15:21   #2
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The outside of the transom would have been gelcoat and the inside flowcoat. It should be easy to get the inside of the transom the same finish as the deck.
As for doing the gel coat me and my mate managed to get my 5.4 flipped over pretty easy, mine hasn't got the tubes on at the moment so no worries of damaging them.
The grey tubes and hull looks smart, I was going to go that route but got hold of a orange console in decent nick and it seems a shame to paint it.

You'll have to get some photos posted.
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Old 17 November 2008, 15:39   #3
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Also looking for an A frame, probably get one made?

Is there anyone doing readymade frames?
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Is the flow coat the stippled effect on the deck? I thought it was just gel coat applied differently?

Would it be ok to apply grey gel coat over orange?
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Gel coat needs to be air tight (I believe) ie in a mould to cure. Flow coat has a waz added to it and it'll dry in air.

Flow coat is usually used on the inside of lockers etc. I'm not sure if the grey will cover the orange?

I think this stuff should do:

http://www.cfsnet.co.uk/acatalog/CFS..._Coat_206.html
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I was under the impression that you could have a gel coat sprayed on?
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Is the flow coat the stippled effect on the deck? I thought it was just gel coat applied differently?

Would it be ok to apply grey gel coat over orange?
I covered the original orange deck of the osprey with white flow coat and it covered with no problem
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I covered the original orange deck of the osprey with white flow coat and it covered with no problem
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Does the flow coat cure as hard as gel coat or is it kind of rubbery?
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Does the flow coat cure as hard as gel coat or is it kind of rubbery?
It hardens the same as gel coat, it is the same as gel coat but with a wax added to stop it having a tacky surface when it is hardening as it exposed to the air whilst curing.
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What kind of money am I looking at to get my tubes fitted? I was quoted 2000 Euro already by Lencraft.
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