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BBSB Rehab Project #8940894 10/22/23 02:24 AM
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A buddy of mine bought a Barnegat Bay Sneakbox a few weeks ago. It's a rare 1965 Madoc model and at first appeared to be in decent/huntable shape. One trip to the lake however, revealed that the bottom of the boat was "ballooning" and flexing badly under power. All of the floor boards were loose, as the screws holding them to the stringers had been pulled free due to the bottom of the boat flexing.

Pulling the floorboards revealed every stringer in the boat was broken in multiple places and repair attempts of previous owners had failed. It was a total mess without any hope of repair. Everything has to be ripped, torn, ground and sanded out and replaced. It has turned into a major remodel that we hope to finish early enough this season to drop a duck or two from it.

After posting on another website for advice and a couple of Facebook pages, we formulated a plan.
-The first thing we did was remove the forward four stringers and grind and clean the boat bottom. Removing and replacing a few at a time reduces the chance of allowing the hull to lose its original shape.
-Next we laid down two layers of 1708 biaxial glass in the front half of the boat in preparation of new stringers.
-A few hours after laying the glass down and after the epoxy had "kicked," we started removing the flotation foam seat that was against the transom. All this foam must be removed to access the aft bulkheads.

We had hoped that the transom was dry and in good shape but we knew the probability of that being the case was slim to none. We were right; the almost 60 year old transom was soaked and will also get ripped out and replaced.

-Tomorrow we will start milling the 6/4 kiln dried African Mahogany stringer material. The plan is to lay these in with thickened epoxy filets overlapped with 12oz biaxial tape. The stringers will each have three layers of biaxial tape on top of the two layers of 1708 we laid today. Once all the stringers are completed, there will be a 1/2" marine ply floor, glassed on both sides, permanently epoxied to the stringers. The floor with also be extended to the port and starb sides and attached with thickened epoxy filets and tape. The idea is a totally glassed in, waterproof stringer/floor system that will add a lot of stability to the bottom of the boat and last another 60 years.

This is probably a lot of overkill for s 14' boat, but it should come out decent.

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Re: BBSB Rehab Project [Re: Misfire] #8941103 10/22/23 02:35 PM
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Sounds like what they say about buying an old house. Like peeling an onion, every time you peel a layer you cry.

Good luck

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