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  1. #41
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    Despite record heat here in Texas work continued. Deck is done and cap is placed on the hull. I'm glad I test fit the cap as it looks like I knew what I was doing. eBay Seadek went on sale and I bought 4 sheets.

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  2. #42
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    Seems like I take 3 steps forward and 2 steps back.
    Went to secure the cap to the hull and either the cap shrunk or the hull grew in the bow. I ripped out the floor and stringers in the bow to give the hull some flexibility and get closer to the cap. I also realized the captain seat location was too far back and inboard. So I get to rip that out and relocate it but I knew I was taking chances by putting it in before I placed the cap.

    Though as Mischief said it is only fiberglass and resin. It can be fixed.

  3. #43
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    Default Questions and or Advice ?

    I have an 86 Sunsport, that needs to be restored.

    Composite vs Wood stringers at the current price of wood ?
    How many linear feet and type of wood did you use ?

    Trying to decide if the cost is worth all the hassle ?
    In my mind always, but the warden always has the final word! lol

    I had the upholstery done in 2014

  4. #44
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    Quote Originally Posted by pktim23 View Post
    I have an 86 Sunsport, that needs to be restored.

    Composite vs Wood stringers at the current price of wood ?
    How many linear feet and type of wood did you use ?

    Trying to decide if the cost is worth all the hassle ?
    In my mind always, but the warden always has the final word! lol

    I had the upholstery done in 2014
    Here is the way I broke it down:
    Wood vs composites
    - Do you want the boat to last more than your lifetime guaranteed?
    Yes - composite
    No - Wood, though when done properly wood can last a lifetime or more. Cobalt used wood until the mid 90's and you don't hear much about stringer jobs on those
    - Budget
    None - Composite: a rough estimate for my boat was around $2000 for the material itself
    Yes - Wood: bought mine when wood was on the way up. Total cost $332.78

    With that out of the way, Mischief IV went composite and there were some structural changes that had to be made on the rebuild because Coosa does not have the strength of wood in the stringers. He has pics and other details in his thread. I went with wood and made structural changes to reduce the amount of wood exposure to outside areas, ie using bulkheads. Additionally any hole drilled into wood is drilled slightly oversized and filled with structural resin and then redrilled to the correct size.

    Here is the breakdown of the wood I have purchased
    3/4" 4x8 (1) - transom - pressure treated and age dried
    2x10x16 (2) - main stringers - I bought oversized since my floor was not level may be able to get away with 2x8x14
    1x6x12 (2) - side stringers
    3/4" 4'x8' (3) - deck

    If all you have to do is the stringers and deck, with some smart buying you could use wood and polyester resin for around $2500.

    As a side note on composite, I looked into fiberglass reinforced HDPE boards (slightly more than wood but just as strong, although my catch was that the epoxy required to bond to HDPE was almost $2000
    Last edited by h2o-ski; 09-09-2022 at 10:48 AM. Reason: formatting

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