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PostSubject: Maintenance   Fri Jan 04, 2013 10:01 pm

Gary mentioned getting his latest baby buffed. One of the things I'd like to do is to imporve the appearance of my Clipper 26. The fiberglass surface is no longer slick. I've seen fiberglass cleaners and restorers - What do you use? What would you recommend?

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PostSubject: Re: Maintenance   Fri Jan 04, 2013 10:20 pm

I tried doing it myself, and the results were dismal.

I took it to a body shop that does a lot of boats, and the bid was $3500 to wet sand and polish.

I woke up several hours from my hearing induced coma and went looking for a body man detached from a body shop. Found one, and he charged me $400.

I have read for hours about doing it myself, but I was not able to pull it off.

One key I think is a Makita grinder/polisher, which I did not have.

I thought I purchased a white boat, until all the polishing started.



If you are a do it yourselfer, there are some detailed step by step instructions all over the internet, and everybody has a different way to do it.


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PostSubject: Re: Maintenance   Tue Jan 22, 2013 11:19 pm

Winter repair time...



Slight leak caused enough rot so the screw couldn't hold. I am trying a Rot Canal suggested by my dentist...
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PostSubject: Re: Maintenance   Wed Jan 23, 2013 1:49 am

Triticum wrote:
I am trying a Rot Canal suggested by my dentist...

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PostSubject: Re: Maintenance   Thu Feb 28, 2013 1:36 am

I have used "Polly Glow" with amazing results!!!! $67. for the kit takes almost No time and made my Newport 28 look like new! I then gave some to a friend with a terrible looking green J-24 and his boat looked like new too! I used it 4 years ago,.. and it needs to be redone now, but for 2 years it looked Perfect, and only the third year did it show signs of needing to be reapplied. The directions say add one new coat each year,... we never did but will be doing her again this spring! pirat
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PostSubject: Re: Maintenance   Sun Mar 10, 2013 5:40 pm

Nice warm day yesterday. I replaced the plug just forward of the mast. The old one was corroded and had one of the plugs broken off in it. I starting to think about replacing the wire in the mast. There is a lot of info on the web to tell you how to size the wire. The problem is that nothing gives me a hint as to how much power the lights draw. I'm also thinking about adding a mast head light but have the same problem. Any clues?
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PostSubject: Re: Maintenance   Fri Mar 29, 2013 2:53 pm

Added to the list, Poli ox This is the polishing compound by the Poli Glow folks that will take off the oxidized layer on the top of the fiberglass. I also bought a 10" buffer. The one downside of a CM26 is that is has a lot of fiberglass surface Smile
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PostSubject: Re: Maintenance   Fri Apr 26, 2013 1:08 am

I spent an hour with the Poli ox on some of the fiberglass along the sides of the cockpit. It is doing a good job of cleaning the fiberglass. I don't think that poli glow will be enough. This is almost fourty year old fiberglass and it has been outside most of its life. It shows.

I'm thinking of finding an ivory colored fiberglass paint and at least redoing the top of the ship. She looked pretty good in the fall but with the roughness of the finish in the wet northwest, she is covered with mold spots now. I can get them scribbed off but if the hull was slick enough for the water to run off, she would stay much cleaner. I figure she is worth a coat of paint at this point.

What would folks recommend in terms of paint and application methods? I've got a compressor and could pick up a spray gun. She has brown where the non-skid surfaces are. I'm not sure I want to try to redo that. The idea of trying to get all of the little diviots cleaned and sanded is scarry!
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PostSubject: Re: Maintenance   Fri Apr 26, 2013 1:12 am

What the heck?

I need to replace the mast light and am thinking of adding a mast top light for anchoring (she is a cruiser...). To do that I need to run new wire and probably replace the old so I pulled the block of styrofoam out of the base of the mast. It looks like the mast is full of small bits of foam. Is this normal?

How am I supposed to replace the wires inside the mast if it is full off foam bits?
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PostSubject: Re: Maintenance   Fri Apr 26, 2013 3:00 pm

Once you paint, you are stuck with paint and all the work of maintaining paint. Gel coat is easier to care for than paint, if your gel coat is still usable.

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PostSubject: Re: Maintenance   Fri Apr 26, 2013 3:05 pm

The foam I do not believe is a factory placed item in masts. Good idea, until you need to service the wiring. None of my CM masts are foam filled.

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PostSubject: Re: Maintenance   Fri Apr 26, 2013 10:57 pm

Neither is mine. That is a good idea for a dingy which has no wiring, and turtles often,.. but it is not really much help on a Clipper Marine!
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PostSubject: Re: Maintenance   Sat Apr 27, 2013 2:33 pm

Hello everyone! I'm almost ready to start refinishing the wood on the
two sailboats. There is a good bit of wood on the Boston Whaler Harpoon 5.2, (Mahogany and Teak) and Teak hand holds, marine plywood cabin hatch cover and the rudder (don't know what wood it is) for the Clipper. In the past I've always used the "Spar" Marine Poly Urethane and no matter how many coats I used or how well I kept it covered, I would have to refinish it the next year. So, I've been looking into alternative products. I favor the finish of that thick look like on table tops in restaurants and bars. After doing a little research, I found that most products like "Glaze Coat" does not offer UV protection. As a matter of fact, they advise that it not be used on anything outdoors at all. With spring here, I've been seeing a lot of commercials for home improvement on TV. One caught my attention; the "Behr Brand" outdoor wooden deck weatherproofing product line. It's sold at "Home DePot". So, I called them and spoke to an expert at my local store to ask what their opinion of this product for my applications are. They said that this would far out last the "Spar" Marine Poly Urethane and it is available in a variety finishes, as well as tints. Personally, I'll be using clear, high gloss. I like natural wood color. They said this will work on Teak as well. I also plan to use it inside the Clipper. Price per gallon is $25.00. If any of you have other suggestions, please post. Keep in mind, I can't afford the really expensive stuff!
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PostSubject: Re: Maintenance   Sat Apr 27, 2013 2:39 pm

Cetol.
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PostSubject: Re: Maintenance   Sat Apr 27, 2013 2:44 pm

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This is a shot of my wife, and you can see the teak finished with just one coat of Cetol. I will be using one more coat,. 3 coats will give it the finish I believe you are looking for!
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PostSubject: Re: Maintenance   Fri May 03, 2013 5:34 pm

Triticum, A PO filled the mast with foam to stop that unbelievable noise of the wiring slapping against the mast while you are trying to sleep. I would determine if you really need to replace it, and if you do I would try to use the old wire to pull the new one through. I saw a post where the guy used the foam insulation for water pipes around the wire to keep it quiet. Kelly
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PostSubject: Re: Maintenance   Sat May 04, 2013 5:14 pm

It is a good theory except that the wires still slap when she is at anchor. I like the idea of water pipe insulation!
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PostSubject: Re: Maintenance   Mon May 06, 2013 12:06 am

I replaced my wires a couple years ago. My mast had foam but it was not completely full of it. I also had a loud slapping wire so I inserted a piece of PVC pipe, riveted it to the front of the mast and ran the wire through the PVC. No more slapping wire. I also installed an anchor light and replaced the steaming light with a steaming/foredeck light combo. I used 14 gauge wires for everything.
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