THERE ARE SEVERAL VERSATILE SYNTHETIC PRODUCTS now on the market hat can be used in place of wood for many boat projects. They’re easy to work with, using simple woodworking tools, and easy to hand-sand. Examples include
StarBoard by King Plastic ( www.KingPlastic.com), and CMG and KOMATEX by Kommerling
( www.KommerlingUSA.com). StarBoard and CMG are more robust for mounting purposes.
CMG is claimed to also accept fiberglass. KOMATEX, depending on thickness, can be very
flexible and easier to fit, but is less appropriate for structural or mounting purposes.
When I attached the material, the tear disappeared. But the area, of course, no longer
matched the surrounding areas.
We needed a fan in that area, anyway, so
I purchased one for around $80 from West
Marine. Prior to screwing on the StarBoard,
and using the base of the fan as a template,
I drilled holes appropriately sized to securely
thread the mounting screws that came with
the fan and drilled another hole through the
StarBoard, behind the fan mount, to take
the wire. I taped the fan wire ends to avoid
separating the strands and carefully pulled
the wires through that hole and pushed them
underneath the lining, making sure they were
not lying in an area where they would be
compressed or where abrasion could occur.
Want to tackle some more wiring issues? Go to www.BoatUS.com/Boat-TeCH/wiring. While you’re there, check
out our revamped Boat TeCH site, and
see our article on page 68.
has a durable surface, which easily cleans.
I purchased a sheet just large enough to
cover the damage. All I had to do was screw
it onto the strip of plywood in the overhead,
to which the liner material was attached. I
predrilled and used pan head screws. I could
have countersunk the screw holes and used
oval-head screws, but preferred to not use this
slightly weakening process. The material is
durable enough that washers weren’t needed.
Uncrimping old butt-end connector with
careful pressure from
dull wire cutter.
lights tight area.
Work light floods
dark area. Use quality crimping tools.
One Neat Package
All the materials you need to
complete minor boat repairs are now
available in one convenient package.
includes trusted 105 Epoxy Resin and
205 Epoxy Hardener, fiberglass cloth,
adhesive filler, fairing filler and handy items
like gloves, mixing pots and mixing sticks.
Illustrated instructions show you how to
repair cracks, holes, loose hardware,
gelcoat blisters, delaminated cored panels
Fiberglass Boat Repair
Easily stored on board until that crucial
moment when you need it, the Fiberglass
Boat Repair Kit retails for just $29.98 at
your local W S dealer. Visit
www.westsystem.com to find the dealer
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