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Sailing Isabella

Vessel Name: Isabella
Vessel Make/Model: Cabo Rico Tiburon 36 Cutter Ketch
Hailing Port: Biloxi Mississippi
Crew: Jim Ulmer
06 June 2019
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06 June 2019

Engine makeover

Looking back at one of my first projects in the refit. I Started at the bottom and worked up. The engine room need a complete makeover. I did a complete rebuild of the original engine and was ready to install it when I spotted a new in the crate Yanmar 4JH3-HTE at auction. I had to have it and won the auction. I think it turn out nice.

06 June 2019

Fill and Fair

I spent a lot of time getting to this point of a smooth joint. I still have a little work to do before the deck is ready to spray gelcoat.

06 June 2019

DECK PREP CONTINUES

After glass I coated with gelcoat to cure and help fair the curve.

06 June 2019

DECK PREP CONTINUES

grinding the joint to glass the cabin deck in permanent.

22 April 2019

Making the aft cabin cover permanent

Cabo Rico decide to raise the deck of the aft cabin on the later model Tiburons. What they did was basically cut a hole in the aft deck and add a raised section over the hole. This was secured with 5200 and screws and the joint was covered with teak trim.

22 April 2019

REHABING THE ENGINE COVER

I didn't think i would have to do anything to the engine cover other than remove the teak and paint. However, when I got the teak decking off it was obvious that the plywood core was wet.

Engine makeover

06 June 2019
Jim Ulmer
Looking back at one of my first projects in the refit. I Started at the bottom and worked up. The engine room need a complete makeover. I did a complete rebuild of the original engine and was ready to install it when I spotted a new in the crate Yanmar 4JH3-HTE at auction. I had to have it and won the auction. I think it turn out nice.

Fill and Fair

06 June 2019
Jim Ulmer
I spent a lot of time getting to this point of a smooth joint. I still have a little work to do before the deck is ready to spray gelcoat.

DECK PREP CONTINUES

06 June 2019
Jim Ulmer
After glass I coated with gelcoat to cure and help fair the curve.

DECK PREP CONTINUES

06 June 2019
Jim Ulmer
grinding the joint to glass the cabin deck in permanent.

Making the aft cabin cover permanent

22 April 2019
Jim Ulmer
Cabo Rico decide to raise the deck of the aft cabin on the later model Tiburons. What they did was basically cut a hole in the aft deck and add a raised section over the hole. This was secured with 5200 and screws and the joint was covered with teak trim.

This was a fast way to complete the alteration and it does provide a nice additional head room in the cabin. And it lasted for over 40 yrs but there where signs that the seal was now leaking.

I decide that I need to make this a solid part of the deck. It took me all day to cut the cover free and then all the next day to remove the sealant and prep for glue.

I was working alone so I had to get this right or the epoxy would cure before I was able to get the cover in place and screwed down.

Mixed up 12oz of epoxy added 12 heaping tablespoons of West 404 and 15 tablespoons of West 406 to make a strong and thick glue.

I loaded into a West caulk tube. I had first primed both surfaces with epoxy resin and then laid a 1/2" bead of the thickened epoxy all the way around the joint. I lowered the cover quickly as the epoxy was starting to cure. I quickly went around the outside seam to put in screws to clamp the joint. It worked very well but I was worn out.

I will grind the outside seam and but two or three layers of glass over the seam then fare and paint. No more leaking!

More pictures in the refit gallery.

REHABING THE ENGINE COVER

22 April 2019
Jim Ulmer
I didn't think i would have to do anything to the engine cover other than remove the teak and paint. However, when I got the teak decking off it was obvious that the plywood core was wet.

I cut open the top deck and dug out the old plywood and cut a new piece of marine ply to fit. I mixed up a lot of thickened epoxy and spread under the plywood then screw it down. I filled and fared and glassed over the top. Then rolled on a coat of white gelcoat as primer/filler.

I am going to redo the gelcoat on the deck with Oyster White and this was a good chance to test my technique for getting a quality finish. I sanded the white gelcoat and then rolled and tipped the Oyster white. I am using Duratech from Fibra Glast Development. You mix it with the gel to make it flow-out and gloss.

It turn out ok but not real smooth, shiny but not smooth enough. I will sand this down and use my gravity spray gun with a 2.4 tip and see how that works for the final finish.

You can see all the pictures in the refit gallery
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