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  1. Balsa Core Repair: Mast Base - Part 1

    by , 03-27-2016 at 07:00 PM (Ericson 25CB Resurrection)
    At long last the final section of balsa core repair is here!

    Hard to believe, but when we finish this part, we will have recored and fiberglassed ALL of the exterior balsa core on the boat. Cockpit sole, entire deck, and now the cabin top. We say exterior balsa core because the there is a small amount in the bottoms of the cockpit lockers, and I think some in the salon floor. But both of those areas are firm, strong, ring nice with a mallet, and have no rotten core that ...

    Updated 03-28-2016 at 06:42 AM by olsenjohn

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    Maintenance and Mechanical , Balsa Core Repair
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  2. Balsa Core Repair: Cabin Top and Companionway - Part 4 Final

    by , 03-27-2016 at 05:34 PM (Ericson 25CB Resurrection)
    We will start this blog by retracting a statement we made in Part 1 of Balsa Core Repair: Cabin Top and Companionway. In that blog we discussed our survey miss of the sagging cabin top and companionway hatch rails and made the statement that "Unless you are into long rescue projects like us, I would consider this a BIG walkaway point". Referring of course to the task of replacing the framing around the companionway, and the hatch rails. Having now completed the job, we don't think ...

    Updated 03-27-2016 at 07:38 PM by olsenjohn

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    Maintenance and Mechanical , Balsa Core Repair , Deck Hardware
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  3. Can you ever dry wet balsa core?

    by , 03-27-2016 at 08:07 AM (Ericson 25CB Resurrection)
    A quick blog this morning to share an observation on wet balsa core. I originally purchased my E25 in the fall of 2014, and by December 2014 had removed all of the hardware on the deck, leaving the bolt and screw holes open to "breath" and "dry out" the wet core. The boat is stored in ideal conditions for drying out the core, safely tucked away in a dry building. During the summer months, the temperature in the building easily hits 95-100 degrees when closed up, which ...
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  4. Balsa Core Repair: Cabin Top and Companionway - Part 3

    by , 03-23-2016 at 03:15 PM (Ericson 25CB Resurrection)
    The work on the cabin top and companionway entrance frame continues with very pleasing results, if a bit slowly. Since my last blog my mood has improved greatly, the flowers have come up all over the property, the maples are covered in little red flower buds, redbud trees are blooming, and the dogwoods are getting ready to pop. Spring is definitely in the air and so is the pollen count. Unfortunately it won't be long before the summer heat has arrived and the powerboats are back on the lakes ...

    Updated 03-23-2016 at 03:18 PM by olsenjohn

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    Maintenance and Mechanical , Balsa Core Repair
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  5. "Thelonious II" -- Delaminated floorboards -- 4-minute video

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gVsCJ1FpGrQ

    In a classic example of little things that go wrong big, a tiny leak under the head sink caused the delamination of the cabin sole near the head. One of those gray Qest hose fittings had split, invisibly, probably as the result of being overtightened with a wrench. I suppose it had been leaking for a long time, years perhaps--but only when the water system was pressurized, and always in a hidden zone behind the drawer of the sink cabinet. ...

    Updated 03-19-2016 at 10:56 AM by Christian Williams

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    Maintenance and Mechanical , Ericson Ownership
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