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Old 20 August 2015, 12:53   #11
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Now to try my luck at filling the hull scratches. I ordered the Gel coat and all the bits I needed from East Coast Fibreglass. I cannot recommend them enough and were happy and patient to answer all my stupid newbie questions.

Over two evenings I masked around all the scratches and nicks i wanted to repair using Duck tape and proceeded to fill them with gelcoat. I used a scraper to level and push off the excess Gelcoat and with the depth of the Duck tape it left it just proud of the surface so once it had dried and shrinks a little I could then sand it flush to the hull.
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Old 20 August 2015, 12:54   #12
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When all of the gel coat work was done, I then polished the hull with 3M Finesse-IT II.

The next bit is controversial but I then applied 3M ultra performance paste wax - This stuff is brilliant I have used it on the Ribcraft and then on my car I have never had a wax last so long. Anyway here is the finished result.
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Back on the trailer ready for the next bit of work
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During the many hours/weeks of mindless sanding I was thinking that I didn't want a manual tilt engine I knew the Yam 40 2 stroke was a good mate for these boats but I was struggling to find one for sale. Then up popped on eBay a 2006 40HP Mercury 2 stroke with Power trim. I did a bit of research and these engines are really light weighing in at 73Kgs. So I bought it and MattH cut short his surprise birthday weekend for his Mrs to help me check it out and remove the engine of the sellers current boat.

The engine was in good condition however the tarp that the seller had over the boat and engine had managed to imprint into the cowling and the decals were scratched
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I contacted Edd (Nugent on here) about the Cowling and he kindly offered to sort it out and put the decals on. Edd did a great job of respraying the cowling

With decals purchased from the U.S.
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Next job was the ply wood on the back on the transom, it had seen better days and thankfully I have a friend who is a carpenter who sorted me out with a new piece of marine ply and made an exact copy

I bought some West systems epoxy resin which is really nice to work with and added three coats to the marine ply for protection
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Back to GRP work again this time focussing on the transom

The transom had two sets of holes one for the Yam 40 that I had removed which wasn’t PTT. The other holes had been blocked off well from a previous engine. Thankfully the new Mercury 40 matched the original set of holes so it was just a case of drilling out the wooden dowels used to fill them and then blocking up the old Yam holes.
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Back to sanding again to prepare the transom this was a another milestone the exterior of the boat was finally done I HATE SANDING!!!
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For a break from sanding, the old holes were filled with Sikaflex and I bought hard wood wooden dowels which I then grooved they were slightly larger than the holes and were coated in Sika and then hammered into the holes and allowed to go off.
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The dowels were just a few mm short so to allow a generous amount of gel coat to be added on each side.
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