Hello DIY Wood Boat Community:
I have begun quite a project to restore a 1979 30' Sloop.
This restoration will occur over the next few months here on the Brooklyn waterfront (Come say hi)
As I begin the initial repair, I've started making a few lists of materials and scheduling the work needed.
I really appreciate your ear and input on the project as this is an exciting undertaking for me.
The main problem / challenge is the keel (I've included pictures)
The keel is a bolt on style made of concrete and iron, originally sealed with fiberglass / paint.
I've ordered quite a few book and I'm researching, but I want to run my current plan by folks / get some input.
-Sand down, remove flaking metal and concrete
-Light Sand Blast on the exposed iron, remove rust
-Epoxy Resin: Fill voids, seal any seams...
-Sand, shape, smooth
-New fiberglass, three layers, maybe 4
-More epoxy resin from inside the hull, reinforce seal from the inside.
So that's the basic plan for now. I am wondering if there is a better material / substance for shaping and smoothing the keel?
I wonder about material like Epoxy-Cement, possibly to seal from inside the hull or to shape?
Yes, I know it's a big job, but happy to begin the challenge.
I welcome all input. Appreciate you.
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