JAKE'S 41' PDQ CATAMARAN,

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41' PDQ ON THE ROCKS AT THE LITTLE JETTIES

   The boat struck the rocks at the "Little Jetties" in Jacksonville, Florida slicing out an 8+ foot gash in the Starboard side and sinking it not far from the scene up to the bottom of the fly bridge. After being bought out of salvage the boat is undergoing extensive re-do by the new owner. By the time I was hired for the fiberglass repair the whole boat had been cleaned up from the muck of the sinking, wiring had been re-done, the engines and other mechanical apparatus had been pulled and it was starting to look more like the motor yacht it was before. The work goes on, along with a few modifications from the new owner to make it his own.

THE GASH...

   All the repairs were done with Vinyl Ester resin. There was no coring in the hull. The thickness was achieved by alternating layers of 1 1/2 oz. chop mat and 1808 bi-axle mat. The scarf was ground back 8" for a hull thickness of a tad better than 3/8". The  white straps in picts 6 - 7 were used to pull the side back into alignment. I used 3/16 polypropylene board heated and molded to size to do the bands (10 -12) and get the shape of the hull. After that it was just fill in the blanks. I faired and sealed it with a white Gel Coat.

REPAIR THE SKEG

   After knocking a hole in the side she bounced over the rock leaving a nice scare in the bottom behind the impact point. It's just a couple of feet back and the skeg snagged taking a bite out. I patched a swath or two of the gouge with the Vinyl Ester and then faired it back out as the rest of the damage was just in the gel coat.

   The skeg took a pretty good wallop but thanks to its solid construction it saved the prop and shaft. Once the fractured glass was removed I tapered it all back a good piece and built it back up again using the layered 1 1/2 oz. chop and bi-axle mat. After a bit of shaping she started to resemble a skeg again. Again the final is a coating and sealing in white gel coat ready to prime and bottom paint.

THE DAVIT MOUNTS

   As the boat went down the flotation of the dingy lifted the davits up busting them off of the boat. Designed to life the dingy, they could not hold the weight of the whole boat. The rails were integrated and suffered the same.

   I cut away the bad parts and made new parts to fit on a layout board, glassing them in inside and out. Using the old hardware for a template I built and ground until I had the original shape back. The rest is a matter of finish and drilling new holes.

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