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.
There is a place on this planet for all of Gods creatures.........right next to my tatties and gravy.