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Refinishing the Hoh (part 2)

Updated: Dec 5, 2022

The Hoh was badly damaged August 18, 2004 when its crew beached it in rough weather. At least no one had to swim and the Hoh did not break in half.

Boat builder, Steve Chapin, begins the repair. He intends one steam-bent scarf.

The single patch turned out to be more difficult than expected, reported Steve, because it had to curve longitudinally too. Might have been easier to make a three or four piece patch as was done (by Frank?) in the bow. Now the patch is finished. All it needs is gossamer cloth and varnish.


We are following the Pocock “Instructions for Refinishing a Wood Boat” and Ole’s suggestions on stripping. So far a lot of glass and varnished in gossimer repairs have come off and most of our repairs from last year have held. (we’ve got some new splits.) We are using Janco stripper, plan to make repairs, fair the hull and follow the “Instructions”, varnishing with Epifane’s.

On a second trip to advise us Steve Chapin, Ole Kanestrom and Joni Blanchard told us to replace the decks (Ole ripped the old one off!) and fair the hull with long boards and 80 grit, Joni told us to thin with turpentine and use a little Penetrol and Steve stayed to help get the decks off.

Strip and repair with epoxy, (Would some other glue be better? Epoxy is so hard toe get off.) Sand, scrape, glue over and over.

Remove deck and half-round, fair, Ductchman, Gossimer varnished in.



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