Do you know what your boat is made of? If not, a core sample is a sure way to find out. Some manufacturers keep the pieces they have cut out for thru hulls, underwater hardware, vents, etc. to be able to show the customer the quality of the boat they built. Core samples are also pulled in surveys to check a spongy area for rotten core and resulting delamination.
In the pictures above, the core sample on the left is made of many fiberglass layers whereas the sample on the right has closed cell core sandwiched in between layers of fiberglass. The sample on the right is what helps make the boat light and buoyant. The sample on the left is more reinforced. This sample was pulled from the Patriot II where the rudder goes into the boat, an area that needs to be stronger.
Many older boats have balsa (wood) core as opposed to closed cell plastic core. The pictures above show a common complication of wood core - Rot. The picture on the left shows rotten core between two layers of gel coat and glass. The picture on the right was taken in the process of removing the rotten core to replace with closed cell core. Knowing the structure of your boat is key. Water intrusion is the culprit in all rot. If you have a boat with wood core, you must be sure to follow appropriate installation procedures to avoid rot and subsequent delamination.
The glass shop crew has been busy this week between hatches, baitwell, and hardtop work for a new build. The vberth for the new build is coming along nicely with the head wall and ceiling strips in place. Our varnish team has been busy between cetol on a Rhodes 22, maintenance varnish coats on a MathewsBros 29, and staining shelves for the new build. The Rhodes 22 transom is also being prepped for new paint and a new outboard bracket.
Rhodes 22 transom progres
Varnish team progress
New boat progress
We were very fortunate here at MathewsBros to have had a full 2014 and we appreciate all of our customers' business!
We had a myriad of projects this year that ranged from new boat builds to fiberglass repair, to new paint, to a wheelhouse refit, to replacing a teak cockpit, to a circa 50's wooden boat refit and so much more - Check out some of our projects below!
We were very excited to build another 29' this year much less an improved 29!
In addition to building one of our 29' boats, we also built a 32' boat for
Duffy 35 Refit
We completely stripped all of the varnish on this Duffy 35 and built it back up to full coats. She also had some rotten balsa core in the wheelhouse so we removed all of that and replaced it with closed cell core and instead of sealing it off with gel coat, we used teak plywood which was sealed and varnished as well.
Along with finishing up refit to a circa 1950s wooden boat, we finished a refit on this 1976 boat as well
We had several fiberglass repair jobs this year. The pictures below show the before, during & after such a repair.