Author Topic: Hello from the Kenai  (Read 1275 times)

Offline walt

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Hello from the Kenai
« on: April 15, 2021, 05:04:56 PM »
I've been lurking around here for a while with dreams of building a Tolman, but when a 18' Standard came up for sale in Homer I decided to push the button on it. I believe it's the old style where the sides weren't scarfed, but the boat seems solid and I don't feel/hear any softness. Like all good, old boats it needs "a little work" and hopefully you guys can lead me in the right direction so I can get her back on the water by summertime. The stringers were replaced but the fiberglass on them failed, I guess to not being painted? Maybe the UV broke it down? I don't have any experience with fiberglass, but have some carpentry skills and the willingness to learn. Thanks to all who post here.

Offline Larry Semmens

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Re: Hello from the Kenai
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2021, 10:41:23 PM »
Hi Walt
I live in Soldotna and have a Jumbo that was splashed in 2010.  Unfortunately I don't have any experience with what you are looking at.  My concern is how much water has been absorbed by the stringers and will it ever dry out or will it rot the hull.  If it doesn't dry out, if you cover it with glass the wood will rot regardless.  I am having some delamination issues on the roof and around an opening in the fishing deck.  There is some rot in the 2/4 extensions on the stringers below the deck that I am having to cut out and fill.  I wish I had the answer to whether you can just glass over what you have or if replacing the stringers is a better option. 

Offline TFreeburg

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Re: Hello from the Kenai
« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2021, 08:27:55 AM »
And to steal part of this thread, my wife and I are planning to be in Seward and Homer for a long weekend in July and I am planning to walk the docks in Homer on July 10 to fulfill part of my Tolman addiction.   I will be the one wearing a Tolman cap with a goofy grin on my face, so don’t please be ready to spare me a few minutes should we meet up.
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Offline guldam

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Re: Hello from the Kenai
« Reply #3 on: April 25, 2021, 01:23:00 PM »
I'd have a small hammer in hand, and go from one end of the boat to the other inside and out and tap, tap, tap, looking for rotten bits. Good areas will sound solid, and bad areas, not so much.

Stringer glass delaminating is a possible sign that the original material had a wax coating or similar.

Good luck, and keep us in the know of what you find!