Sunday 15 November 2015

Another 'glass repair

16' kevlar built by West Toronto Canoe about 30 years ago

Both ends were damaged, with hastily done resin repairs

Holed through to the foam in the end flotation compartments

Glass needs to come off

Serious crack along bilge on one side

Hits and repairs on bottom

Patch on the other end 

Polyester resin and patch lifting off, applied straight to gelcoat with no sanding to promote adhesion

Cleaned off ready for repairs, patching and keel felt

Secret weapon

Foam filled in

Hardening up, ready to be shaped

old patches near flotation chambers on keel

Cracks in keel and ribs

more glass removed waiting repairs

foam repairs shaped and 'glassed over, and felt skidplates on

Horizontal patch in place, second coat after faired in

Glass over foam is of course transparent, and visible through saturated felt. Plastic wrap in place, felt will be trimmed and excess removed when epoxy cured to green, before full cure

Next up is tube to be glassed into keel on the inside to stiffen hull and prepare ribs for minor glass repairs

3/4" diameter metal tube laid into keel depression to give longitudinal stiffness

Popular in some Scott canoes, it will help stop oilcanning and give extra strength to rib repairs

small side cracks done as well

Inside cracks from outward cracking running along outside at bilge

West Toronto Canoe, long out of business apparently but a nice touch with a built in carry handle and raised letter castings

A clean workbench is the sign of a sick mind... 2 part Epifances polyurethane in Black Green. Nice gloss and super hard when cured. 

First coat laid on

repairs hidden

Nice easy gloss

Skid plates covered

Almost done, inside paint and new seats and ready for the water in spring.