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Old 20 August 2015, 13:04   #21
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The gel coat was then sanded back and the transom was polished and waxed
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Old 20 August 2015, 13:06   #22
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More sanding but this time inside the boat on the deck mouldings its amazing how your body especially your arms and fingers and mind gets accustomed to repetitive movement my brain was pretty much in autopilot it was the only way to cope with the monotony of this work most evenings
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Next job was to remove all the deck brackets some had gone rusty and as I was not planning on blocking the hull I saw this as a risk with water ingress in the future. As they were not needed they all came out to make sure it was water tight.

The holes were then filled and covered over with gel coat
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The transom ply was then attached
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Old 20 August 2015, 13:09   #25
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As the transom was now finished it was ready for the engine, this was a huge milestone as the SR was beginning to look like a boat again since starting the project on the 18th August the engine was hung on 18th December (exactly 4 months to the day) with the help of MattH
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Next job was to sort the console. This console is not a standard SR console it is actually made by Outhill. I did think about whether I wanted an original console but liked the idea of dry storage and the seating position is more to my liking than the original SR consoles.
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It was pretty mouldy in side the console

So after raiding Mrs AJ utility room the HG mould remover was used which brought it up a treat
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The console was in good condition there were some very small spider stress cracks around some of the corners. So I decided to add some strength to the whole thing

My plan was to add some dials to the console and a compass so I was conscience that this would weaken this area, so I had an off cut off ply which I cut to size
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I bought some Biaxial cloth from East Coast Fibreglass who again were really helpful over the phone and recommended this for the job.

I roughed up the original fibreglass and using the West Systems Epoxy began to line the inside of the console

The cloth was overlapped to strengthen any corners and every cm was covered in cloth and epoxy resin. The piece of marine ply was then covered in epoxy resin and glued into place with Sika
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I had already spent a huge amount of time on this boat and although the sense of achievement was great I knew I would not want to do another refurb to this level again. I have huge admiration for people who do this for a living and maybe with better tools this could have made my life easier. So when it came to the fit out I wanted to go to town and no expense would be spared.

I decided to fit non feed back steering which I sourced from BHG marine its a bit pricier but worth it not having to battle with the steering wheel all the time.
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