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Old 20 August 2015, 12:39   #1
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AJ's SR4 refurb

I am sure many of you do not want to read another SR4 refurb but this will be the one and only boat refurb from me!

I have owned a Ribcraft 585 for four years which my wife and I enjoy all year round despite the trek to the coast from the Midlands. This boat was my first boat and as my knowledge of boating has grown I look back and realise how lucky I was to purchase a great boat in A1 condition. I will add I did a lot of research before spending my hard earned cash but there is nothing like experience and chatting with like minded folk where I have gained most of my knowledge and heard the horror stories of people less fortunate.

Not being much of a DIYer I have always taken the boat for replacement parts, enhancements and maintenance to the professionals. Hearing and reading about many peoples refurbs got me discussing with Mrs AJ about missing the learning curve of playing with smaller boats, never owning a two stroke engine and wanting a boat to refurb and practice on so in time and if my non DIY skills improved I would feel more confident about taking on this work myself.

So winding back to August 2014, I got married and for a wedding present Mrs AJ had been collaborating with MattH and PeterM asking them to find her a SR4. MattH found one and went to the IoW to check it out, in fact it was the same one he had sold just after one of the many AJ boating stag do’s at the end of 2012.

So they sneakily arranged to get me out of the house and MattH brought it up and they put it in the garage as a surprise (I knew there was a reason why I decided to marry Mrs AJ!).
So here it is when I first got it after giving it a good wash and cleaning the tubes up. It is the SR4 deluxe version with the deck mouldings built in 1996 and had a Yam 40 2 stroke which was manual tilt.

The boat was in generally good condition and ready to use and I was well chuffed with my new surprise pressie!

So after staring at it for a couple of weeks, then going on honeymoon where I read through every SR4 rebuild thread on Ribnet for inspiration I came up with a game plan for it.

I hope you enjoy what follows and again I am caveating that I am useless at DIY and lack many of the tools which would have made this easier!!!
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Old 20 August 2015, 12:40   #2
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The Hull wasn't bad considering the age it did have a number of dings and scratches as you would expect so I thought I would have a go at polishing a test patch. I bought some 2000 grit and starting gently wet and dry sanding. I soon realised I was being a bit soft and needed to go down to a courser grit so back to Halfords and got 1200. After 15 mins I then applied some polish and was impressed with the results
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So I decided I was going to do this properly and get this boat looking the best I could. It was the hight off summer 18th August 2014 so the next step was to strip it so I could flip it over and start the refurb.
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Weather was still nice so I decided to put it in the front garden
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So after sanding with 1200 grit and quickly realised that this would take ages I went back to halyards and I bought 800 and the sanding started.
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I read it was hard work sanding by hand but didn't realise quite realise how hard work it was and slow progress. I decided to do one section at a time followed by the cutting compound so I saw the results from my hard labour and it was a great way to stay positive through many evenings of sanding.
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Using a rubber sanding block didn't work for me as it was only hitting the high spots as can be seen in the second right section so I did it all with sand paper and fingers!
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Now I am making progress half of the hull has been sanded and polished.

Summer had disappeared the evenings had started to loose their light so the boat had to go inside.
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In the artificial light you can really see the difference the sanding makes to get back to that like new look GRP.
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So the hull has now been sanded and cutting compound applied.
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