Here’s the damage…

I’m just posting some “Before” pictures…

All the damage is to the keel, in the stern.

 

 

I also have some issues with two of the straps that hold the stern seat in place.

I’ve picked up some West System 105 Resin, some “slow” hardener, and some Fibereglass mat and cloth. I grabbed the slow hardener, partly because of my proficiency level, partly because it is supposed to be pretty darn hot this week!

 

I am going to try and follow the advice as provided by West System and the fiberglass repair pages from Mohawk Canoes.

Let the games begin!

 

 

2 thoughts on “Here’s the damage…

  1. You should get some heavy (fatter strands) fiberglass cloth to repair the keel for needed strength. Maybe two layers. Sand repair and add a layer of lighter cloth on inside and out to give better sealing etc.

    As to seats drill out rivet and replace hanger with a new metal piece then pop-rivet in place or use a tap screw(grind pointy end off after install).
    Alternately your could prepare the fiberglass inside the boat and fiberglass pieces of wood (1.5 X1.5 in.? ) inside so you can attach the seat ends with vertical screws.

    DO NOT PUT SCREWS THROUGH THE SIDE OF THE BOAT OR IT WILL RIP!

    FGB

  2. Fred

    thanks for taking the time to write such a thoughtful reply…
    I might just try the wood strips trick.

    Cheers

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