How to Restore and Repair Gelcoat

how to repair gelcoat

After any fiberglass repair to your boat, the final step is to restore or repair the gelcoat. Gelcoat is a two part epoxy, just like the kind used in fiberglass repair, except you do not use fiberglass or filler and the epoxy contains a pigment to give it a specific color. Why is Gelcoat Important? The gelcoat is most important when working with polyester resin. Specifically, this covers boat repairs since virtually all boats are built with polyester resin. Polyester resin will absorb water, whereas…

How to Use Fiberglass Resin

fiberglass techniques

Fiberglass can be messy and hard to work with for the beginner. I know that I made a lot of mistakes and messy work when I was first learning how to use fiberglass resin. The video below shows you the fiberglass techniques that I use when doing repairs on my boat. Many people are familiar with mixing two part epoxies. The instructions for mixing them are clearly labeled on the container. Less well documented is the use of additives. One tip on how to do…

How To Work With Fiberglass

how to fix fiberglass

Over the next month, I’m going to write a series of instructional posts on how to work with fiberglass and do common types of fiberglass restoration on a boat. This first article explains an overview of how to work with fiberglass and do basic repairs. The second article will show you how to use fiberglass resin. I’ve done a ton of fiberglass repair on the Rock ‘n Row already, and I still have a bit more left to do. I never took any classes on…

Easy Seafood Chiopini

Money & Paycheck Dependence

money and paycheck dependence

I just gave my resignation today. In exactly four months, I’ll be a free man – free from a paycheck. I’ve managed to save more than six months of living expenses, so I’m not worried about living without a paycheck for a while. More importantly however, I am hoping to use this savings to help ween me off the need for a paycheck. I plan to use this time to focus on making money as superfluous in my life as possible. What I mean by…

Installing a Bilge Pump

bilge pump with float switch

The bilge pump stopped working on the Rock ‘n Row, and it inspired me to spend some serious time in the engine compartment. Since I was going to all the trouble to access the bilge pump, I decided to shoot some pictures and video to help give beginner boaters an idea of how to install a bilge pump in their boat. . How to Install a Bilge Pump The best place to install a pump is in the lowest point of your boat. This isn’t…

Degreasing an Engine Compartment

degreasing an engine

I’ve decided to spend the next couple months doing some much overdo maintenance in my engine compartment. Over the following weeks, I’ll be documenting my activities doing some serious fiberglass repair and engine tuning. The first step however, is degreasing the engine compartment. I’ve decided to document the process because these are common activities that every boat owner needs to do, and new boat owners are often times apprehensive when tackling these chores for the first time. While not nearly as dirty as fixing marine…

Dungeness Crab Cakes

We are very fortunate to live and to boat in an area where dungeness and red rock crab are readily available through a good part of the year. During the open season, we are able to catch, cook, clean and preserve enough to cary us through until the next season. While we are in open season, we feast on fresh caught crab dipped in butter or in wonderful salads while putting up the remainder for our use when fresh caught is not as available. The…

Discovering True Wealth

Many people, including me, have been wrestling since 2008 with the question of ‘what’s going to happen in the future?’ in regards to our economy. In the four years since, the economies of the world have grown at a snails pace. In the meantime, damage from the effects of global warming have steadily taken out more and more GDP in damage, threatening to nullify the small gains in growth. To find answers to this question, I have read widely over the years. It was ultimately…

How to Install a Raw Water Pump

454 water pump

The engines on the Rock ‘n Row are both OMC Cobra’s, which are really just marine versions of the Chevy 350, the same engine in the Corvette. Instead of a radiator, like a car engine has, these engines have a heat exchanger. The heat exchanger is really just a copper container. Engine coolant flows through one side and cold sea water is pumped through the other. The liquids are not allowed to mix, but heat from the hot engine coolant is transferred to the cold…

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