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Old 28 August 2013, 13:27   #1
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Project Northcraft

I bought this Rib off a fellow member a few weeks ago, the plan was to give it a bit of tlc like replace some rusty electrical connections and fix a couple of cracks around the transom and get it back out on the water and do some island hopping.

Best laid plans an all that!

Firstly was to sort a bit of cracking on the transom, a bit of research revealed that ALOT of these Northcraft have the same problem, the previous owner had mentioned the cracks had been there for as long as he can remember and had never got any worse.

A phone call to Northcraft put my mind at rest, they did say it had been a problem but they also said that it was a purely cosmetic issue and not a structural one, they recommended a method of repair so I gave it a go.

I took it back to the original glass and dug out the cracks right down to the wood, the reason for the cracks was apparent, there is next to no matting in the original layup, it is VERY thin. The good news is that the wood inside the transom and knees is as solid as the day it was put in and there is no sign of movement.

Anyway is all sorted now but that leads me to my next problem.... I can't flowcoat the transom without doing the deck, I can do the deck without doing the console and so on and so on, this is growing arms and legs.....rapidly!

The boat has now been stripped of all its fixtures and fittings, gauges and wiring. A little bit of tlc has turned into a "project" for the winter.
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Old 28 August 2013, 13:32   #2
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Treadmaster lifted, the glue was a complete mare!

Transom cracks, before and after, fingers crossed that'll be the end of them.
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As you can see the sun has taken its toll on the colour, its going back to the original red you can see.
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A bit of a tidy up...

I got the deck colour wrong, I was going for a darker grey but that's the button I clicked and I wasn't sending it back as delivery on a new pot is 25.

It turns out I'm going to have to pay the delivery now as I need another 2kg of the red!!

New electrics too, went for blue sea gear, pricy but the quality is top notch. VHF thanks to biffer. All I need now is a pair of tachos and a chart plotter.
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NIce work Alan. Talking of hitting the wrong button, who's your online flocoat supplier?
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NIce work Alan. Talking of hitting the wrong button, who's your online flocoat supplier?
I use East Coast Fibreglass. I used them before, although their delivery is fast its expensive but I suppose that's my fault for living in the ar5e end of nowhere.
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Ah, but the benefit of living in the ar5e end of nowhere is the amazing scenery, superb fishing and that magnificent RIB playground on your doorstep.....
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Ah, but the benefit of living in the ar5e end of nowhere is the amazing scenery, superb fishing and that magnificent RIB playground on your doorstep.....
This is true, I should really learn to use them rather than working on them though!
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Fantastic work! Nice to see people putting pride into there workmanship.
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New tachos fitted.
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