At my behest my main mostest floating buddy bought it from another floating buddy for $200. An outfitter up in the northwest part of the state was kind enough to hold on to it for me until last Saturday when I picked it up (was up there anyway). The seller fully disclosed to me that it had a couple of areas that needed attention but assured me the boat was sound, and having seen it I agree.
The areas that need attention are: 1. a spot right at the waterline where the weave is visible; on the inside there's a vertical fracture that's not visible from the outside. Based on my description a gal at Wenonah suspected the vertical fracture was merely the result of the hull flexing due to the spot on the outside not being addressed (the boat has seen hardly any water since the PO bought it). She recommended a gel coat kit. 2. Where the bow meets the gravel bar there is quite a bit of wear; nothing out of the ordinary for a boat this age, but a small chunk or two missing. If we need to we'll slap on skid plates, but I'd rather not. The other end looks great, and I'd prefer not to add the weight unless it's necessary. Could we just put some gel coat love on those spots too?
So, I'd love your thoughts on the aforementioned items we need to address and generally speaking whether we did okay. For some reason (or lapse of reason)he looks to me for advice and buys whatever I tell him to buy, so I take a personal interest in this acquistion and want it to work out well for him. Once he gets some skills I think he'll really enjoy it. I insisted he sign up for a paddling class and he has, which is good because I think his wife is plotting my early demise so I may not be around to paddle with him much longer.
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Posted by: pblanc on Apr-22-13 10:37 AM (EST)
Wenonah Tuff-weave boats are very strong and if the boat is in basically sound condition, a composite Rendezvous for $200 is a very good deal IMO, if the boat suits his needs.
Posted by: deuce on Apr-22-13 11:47 AM (EST)
I'll get a couple of pics and post them as soon as I can. Sounds like we just need to get some S Glass and resin and beer. Any reason not to just get a few yards of the six ounce thickness and use it in both places? Any vendors/brands in particular you like?
Posted by: pblanc on Apr-22-13 12:22 PM (EST)
I have purchased S 'glass from Sweet Composites a number of times: http://sweetcomposites.com/Fiberglass.html
Cool. I've heard lots of good things|
Posted by: deuce on Apr-22-13 12:32 PM (EST)
The hull has probably changed color|
Posted by: kayamedic on Apr-22-13 12:41 PM (EST)
I would not expect to get a good match from Wenonah. You may do better with Krylon paint from the hardware store.
That remark by the person on the phone|
Posted by: ezwater on Apr-22-13 9:37 PM (EST)
about the inside vertical split probably being due to the outside gelcoat not being repaired is just pure stupid. The inside damage occured for the same reason the gelcoat was pocked, because the boat was hit kinda hard there.
I happen to like gelcoat|
Posted by: kayamedic on Apr-23-13 8:28 AM (EST)
but never assumed it was structural. At best its like a band aid on your elbow before you fall on a rock.
Posted by: deuce on Apr-23-13 9:07 AM (EST)
I knew y'all would get me pointed in the right direction. I followed pblanc's lead. Had a good visit with a gal at Sweet yesterday and a yard of 6 ounce S glass and a sixteen ounce G Flex kit are on the way. We'll be sure to chronicle the job with before and after pics.
Do you like portaging a few pounds of |
Posted by: ezwater on Apr-24-13 6:08 PM (EST)
Gelcoat - |
Posted by: pgeorg on Apr-24-13 8:47 PM (EST)
I never thought much about it until I got a boat without it. Gelcoat is a sacrficial layer that keeps damage away from the structural stuff. If you scrape a gelcoated boat across a sharp rock you'll come home with a scratch in the gelcoat. If you scrape a skin-coat boat across a sharp rock you'll be looking at fibers in that scratch. The added weight is worth it to me.
Its worth it to me too.|
Posted by: kayamedic on Apr-24-13 9:19 PM (EST)
Most of my wear comes from portages on the Canadian Shield.. and the stems even though try I wetfoot it out and unload in the water, tend to abrade. Occasionally there is the steep lichen covered face to deal with.
Posted by: mr_canoehead on Apr-24-13 3:55 PM (EST)
As to the paint thing - I have used Krylon for touch ups on royalex and it works fine if the coulour is close. However, if you want to make a blue boat white, for example, it takes about a dozen cans, so it is really much more expensive than just buying exterior house paint or even interlux topside paint, which is much thicker and easier to apply if you want full coverage.