Playboy Restoration Log


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2000    2001    2002

Early September 2000
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Pulled boat out of storage and into garage for the winter.
Drained a good 20 gallons of water out of it!   Floor is
absolutely saturated.
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     * YEAR 2001 *
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April 13-15
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Made a rig from an old block-and-tackle to hoist boat off
of trailer and lowered boat to garage floor.  Removed rub rail,
seat mounts, old gas line, etc.  Started cutting deck away
from hull with a Sawzall.
April 17
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Finished separating deck from hull.  I can now start on
removing the floor and transom wood.
April 21-22
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Removed the 1/4" plywood flooring.  Much of it tore out
by hand, otherwise a prybar and a circular saw did the rest.
It was all rotted, and wet in spots, especially the transom and
the stringers.
April 28-29
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Removed the bulk of the stringers; some sections are still
fiberglassed to the hull, and will need to be chiseled out.
Removed the 1" plywood transom, leaving the outer hull intact.
All of it was still very wet, even after being inside six months.
It came out in pieces, layer by layer, then finally in one
big chunk.  Built a simple dolly from 2x4s and four casters
so that I can wheel the hull in and out of the garage with
relative ease.
May 5
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Finished chiseling out the wood stringers.  Ground down
high points in the fiberglass around the transom.
Bought the 3/4" and 3/8" exterior grade AC yellow pine
plywood from Seigle's for the transom and floor.
May 6
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Made a cardboard template, then cut out the transom from 3/4"
plywood.  Shaped it to fit snuggly, then fiberglassed it into
place against outer hull with a layer of mat for extra oopmh.
(Will add a layer of 3/8" plywood to bring it up to thickness.)
May 8
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Bought the white oak for the stringers from Owl Hardwood, $60:
3/4" x 6" x 14'
3/4" x 11" x 10'
May 9
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Bought more resin, mat, filler, paint.
Made a fillet mix with resin, and filled the small
gaps between the 3/4" plywood edge and the hull.
Cut out final layer of transom from 3/8" plywood, then
used resin without mat to attach to the existing ply.
Had to use clamps and lots of screws from inside and
outside to attach it solidly.
May 16
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Cut out the first white oak stringer.  Used a scroll saw,
and it's slow work!  Used the power plane to smooth and
shape it, then had to contour the bottom of it for the
sideways curvature in the hull.  Traced out second
stringer based on finished first one.
May 17
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Bedded the starboard stringer in a thickened resin and filler
mix into the stringer channel.  Weighted it down with three
bags of potting soil overnight.
May 18-20
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Cut out port and center stringers, and shaped to fit.  Lots of
grinding and user of power planer involved, which means lots of
dust and wood shavings.  Bedded the remaining stringers in thickened
resin and weighted down.  Filled the inside transom holes with
thickened resin mix.  Put a layer of mat on the inside of the
transom, and a layer of mat over the center stringer.
Hull already feels stiffer even without any lateral support.
May 26-28
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Finished applying fiberglass over the stringers.
Found my old respirator which is much better than a
dust mask as there is LOTS of dust created when using
the grinder or sander with a 36 grit disk.
I'm hoping to start laying in the floor Tues. night.
Happy Birthday to Tami & myself this last week.
May 29
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Bid and won on eBay a kill switch for the outboard.
$5.25 shipping & handling.
June 2-3
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Cut out and laid the floor using 3/8" plywood.
Used #8 1-1/4" stainless steel sheet metal screws, and
found out they have to be predrilled, and are brittle,
as heads snap off easily.
Ground the sides of the hull to get ready for the
fiberglass mat which will protect the floor.
June 7
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Started laying fiberglass strips around the floor perimeter.
June 9
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Attended Fiberglassics 2001 Nationals!  Very good gathering!
June 17
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Finished laying fiberglass strips around perimeter of floor,
and reinforced a couple of areas where the span was large.
Cut a hole for the bilge pump through hull fitting.
June 18
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Sanded the perimeter of where the floor is fiberglassed
to the hull so the final piece of fiberglass will adhere.
June 19
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Got Jon involved by having him sand the top of the
hull where the deck will attach.
June 23
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Fiberglassed the floor in fully.  Used almost 2
gallons of resin.  So much uncured resin that you
should be outside WITH a big fan to keep a clear
head because of the fumes!  Starting to look more
like a boat!
July-August
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Chicago was hit by a heat wave all summer, just
too hot to work in an enclosed garage.  Had to
suspend restoration work.  Additionally, resin
tended to set very quickly if you weren't careful,
and was very difficult with which to work!
August
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Placed top back onto hull loosely.
Purchased trailer tongue wheel - makes life easier.
October 20
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Raised boat off dolly and onto trailer.  This time I had
the pulley and a new ratcheting come-along.  It worked
out well with no problems.  I also replaced the bunks
with new carpeted 2x4s and hardware.  Adjusted bunks
and rollers to fit the hull better.

 

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Updated December 17, 2001   Copyright Dan Kruitz