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Another Seacraft Project

Post by RedHerring on Mon Oct 09, 2017 11:02 pm

Joel,
Do you ever get tired of seeing Seacraft rebuilds?
Here's mine, I picked it up this weekend, I'd like to convert it to a center console. FWIW- I already have a SF 23 that could be considered a project but it's running and totally functional and I couldn't see tearing it apart and being without a boat so I found this tsunami for short money and I'd like to rebuild it as a center console as I've seen done on a couple different rebuild threads. Can you help me get started by giving me an idea of what materials I need to rebuild the cap? I'm thinking I'll start by rebuilding the cap outer shell while it's still on the boat then removing it and flipping it to re-core it.

I'm having trouble adding images via photo bucket so here is a link to a few photos




http://s1142.photobucket.com/user/BlahBlahBlahHaHaHa/library/Seacraft%20Rebuild


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Re: Another Seacraft Project

Post by Admin - Shine on Wed Oct 11, 2017 12:35 pm

Never get sick of them, wish I had time to do another one myself!

If your going to remove the cap to re-core it, then yes you could do the repairs you want first. Then brace it up, remove and flip it to re-core.
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Post by RedHerring on Wed Oct 11, 2017 2:02 pm

What do you think I should order for materials for the cap project? This will be my first fiberglass project so excuse my ignorance and questions. I've been watching these rebuild threads for years so I think I have a good grasp on what needs to be done but I could use some help with recommendations on what types of glass to use where. Can I build everything with 1708 or should I be looking at a different type of glass for the cap? As far as the cap core goes, I'm thinking composite and I'm open to suggestions for materials. I have a local source anything that makes sense to buy in 4x8 sheets but any smaller pieces I can order from you and I'd definitely like to buy the epoxy and cloth from you.

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Bill

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Post by Admin - Shine on Wed Oct 11, 2017 2:54 pm

Thanks Bill. If you have a local source for core, then it probably is better to buy from them. I like to sell core, but shipping is a pain and expensive.

You can use 1708 for just about everything. I would use 2 x 1708 for the cap topsides and 1 x 1708 for the bottom. For attaching parts (tabbing) I use DB1200 biax tape mostly, it has no mat and can take much tighter corners vs. 1708. 2 layers of DB1200 tape will take less epoxy than one layer of 1708, plus its stronger and easier to wet out.

For the top of the cap, I would be looking for 3/4" coosa (or similar) because of its compression strength and it shapes easy. You can use the same material for the coaming, or, use a lighter foam to save weight.

For epoxy, I would estimate a 6 gallon kit should do it for the building of the new cap.

http://www.gulfstreamcomposites.com/product-p/raka_kit_6gallon.htm

What are your plans for the liner?
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Post by RedHerring on Wed Oct 11, 2017 3:06 pm

Thanks for the info Joel, I'll probably place an order online within the next week.
I really want to delete the liner. What are my options for stifling the hull sides? Are a few vertical braces sufficient? Does it make sense to core the hull sides?

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Post by Admin - Shine on Fri Oct 13, 2017 4:41 pm

If you remove the liner, then you will need a new sole/deck that would run to the sides. To stiffen the hullsides, two options are glassing in frames (transverse stiffeners), or to core the sides. Coring the sides leaves a cleaner look.

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Re: Another Seacraft Project

Post by RedHerring on Fri Oct 13, 2017 7:01 pm

Existing deck is shot so it getting redone anyway. Let me see how the cap project goes and I'll move on from there. I placed an order for some materials a couple days ago.

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Post by Admin - Shine on Mon Oct 16, 2017 7:14 am

RedHerring wrote:Existing deck is shot so it getting redone anyway.  Let me see how the cap project goes and I'll move on from there. I placed an order for some materials a couple days ago.

OK, then that makes it an easier decision. Smile

Thank you for the order, it shipped out last week.

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