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This morning, I finally got to put Franken-Erg away in the shipping container, so it's ready to use for mornings where an odd number of people show up, or for learn-to-row events. It's the erg on the left. The one on the right is one of the newer, more boring ergs owned by the team. Most of the team's ergs live at the rowers' houses.

We did a massive reorganization job on the shipping container, too. Time to toss all of the antique stainless-steel riggers, old wooden seats, rotted-out shoes, and rusty nuts and bolts. Few people actually had any ideas about what most of the stuff is for, and were unlikely to find things and put them to use. I hope, but I doubt, that they'll take the metal in and recycle it for scrap.

I also spent some time with K, going over the double out here to assess its condition and what needs to be done to make it seaworthy again. Poor boat. It has clearly been heavily abused and has continued to suffer while sitting out in the sun.
2x project

The most immediate problem is the skeg region in the stern (this is the boat rolled over so the underside is facing up):
2x skeg region damage

First off, the skeg is missing. The team has gotten a replacement, but it isn't drilled for screws, so K is going to take the replacement in and have it drilled for screw-holes. But before we put it back on, we're going to have to do something about all of the exposed fiber and fiberglass. I don't even know what to call all of the different substances and layers you can see in this picture. It looks like someone else already started all the prep work for repairs, but then stopped or gave up. Can't say I blame that person. It also looks like the entire skeg region has already been replaced once.

These perpendicular cracks are going to be really problematic.
2x skeg region damage
2x skeg region damage

Here's who got the previous skeg (a 4+):
2x's skeg

Boat serial number:
2x serial number

Starboard stern deck issues:
2x hatch cover and deck detachment
The stern deck is becoming detached from the side of the shell. Oh, that hatch cover is also going to need to be replaced. It's temporarily duct-taped in place to seal in and kill wasps that have built nests inside of the stern compartment, but the connecting piece will probably need to be replaced because it has come unglued. Not even close to watertight anymore.

Another disconcerting lateral crack on the starboard side of the stern, just past the splash deck:
2x crack
I think this whole region will need to be sanded down and new layups prepared and placed.

This is a fairly minor problem, but a small part of the rib support just came undone. Altogether, the wood interior is going to need to be sanded down and re-varnished. But this is a less critical project and it will probably wait until next summer.
2x rib structure status

The also heavily abused bow:
2x bow damange and repair
The whole bow has clearly been broken off and replaced before.

Bow deck puncture:
2x deck damage
Again, you can see all the way to the fiber.

Honeycomb showing through on the bow:
2x deck edge damage

And perhaps most troubling, surface wear to the underside of the boat:
2x surface wear
This is pretty hard to photograph, but UV damage from the sun has started to break through to the level of the fiber. Hard to know what to do about this, but there might just not be all that much life left to this boat. Protect your rowing equipment from the sun, folks.

I probably won't be around to see this boat to full refurbishment, but I suppose it will be a good opportunity to at least learn how to get started. I suspect I'll be spending more time in the near future watching videos like this one, and learning about different sanding tools and paint types.



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Nov. 9th, 2014 03:46 am (UTC)
There are lots of good kitplane-building books that also have huge quantities of instructions on fiberglass repairs for structural problems, if you run low on scull/shell-specific ones.
Nov. 9th, 2014 09:23 pm (UTC)
I don't think there are many books that cover rowing shell construction and repair...I suspect most people learn via trial-and-error and in apprenticeships, so what I really need is more of an education about working with this sort of carbon fiber structure.

So, I might wind up doing some reading in that direction. A former rower for the team was a small-plane stunt pilot and worked on building planes with his dad, so I've been talking to him a bit about the whole project, too.
Nov. 10th, 2014 01:36 am (UTC)
http://www.actechbooks.com/products/act193/ has met with reasonable approval by friends of mine.
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