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    Hi all,
    I was readying my new/old Albacore (~1969) for painting and as I continue to take off various equipment I discovered that the wood along the centerline, including where the mast butt attaches (this area had been repaired) was all rotted out and as I pulled back and investigated, it is clear that the area needs to be completely cleaned out and replaced.

    I have never done fiberglass work (except small patching and repair on my Laser or on a boat I was caring for). So, while I am disappointed about the extra repairs, I am determined to bring this old beauty back to life.

    For those with the experience, especially on this area of the boat, I would love to know the best practice for steps to make these repairs so I can get out on the water by this summer at least.

    All advice welcome, thanks in advance.

    See pics!


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    Additional photo as I can only post one at a time as a newbie.

    Paul Jeeves

    First, don’t let it scare you. It’s not difficult to do. First, cut away the old fiberglass that encases the wood, then remove the wood. Clean the surface by sanding it smooth to an area about 3 times the width of the wood that you’ll be replacing. the old fiberglass may give you an idea of where you need to prepare to.

    You’ll need to replace the wood. If it’s teak it will cost you. I’d be inclined to make a rigid foam laminate as it will be much cheaper. Simply layer some rigid foam and fibreglass into a multi-layer sandwich. Then, cut it to the desired shape.

    Once that’s done, it’s time to fibreglass. You have two choices – polyester and epoxy. Polyester is cheap, but epoxy is easier to work with…much easier, and doesn’t smell. YouTube is full of videos explaining how to do this step.

    Good luck, and feel free to ask if you need help.


    Paul, thanks a bunch, I will dive in and see where this goes. I may circle back.

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