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Beginning the project of stripping the paint off Little Cruiser .

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Little Cruiser turned over with the "big wheel," and the bottom is ready to be worked on.

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Initial removal of the antifouling paint.

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Antifouling paint gone and copper ground strap removed.  The putty over all the nail holes was removed at this point.  

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View of the stern and the skeg.

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Nail holes and defects puttied with epoxy and microballons.  Plywood  sealed with epoxy.

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Little Cruiser being rolled over again to complete work on the deck.

.: Microcruiser Refit

We were really hoping to cruise the beautiful Bahamas this winter, but unfortunately we just couldn't get Little Cruiser ready in time.  We thought that by starting in the summer we would have plenty of time to strip the boat down to bare wood and then to cover it in fiberglass; however, we just underestimated the size of the project. We also got slowed down a bit when we acquired Swamp Thing in the Fall.  She required some immediate attention to some serious rot damage to her hull, deck and transom. 

At the moment, Little Cruiser has been completely stripped of paint and she has been sealed in epoxy.  Now we are awaiting the return of Spring to sheath her fully in fiberglass.  Since the weather is too cold for glueing, we have been  concentrating our efforts on rebuilding  Swamp Thing.

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Here is Swamp Thing  after she just arrived from Florida.

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View of the starboard side and hole in coaming.

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Stern view.  We found rot in the transom and the rear deck.

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If you look at the cockpit coaming carefully, you can see that it is delaminating.

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Extensive rot was discovered on the port side of the rear deck.  This has been ground away,

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More rot on the starboard side of the rear deck.  Part of the toe rail is also missing.

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Significant rot is present in the area of this transversely located core void. If you look at the bottom left of the picture, you will note a patch where the hull was penetrated by a rock many years ago.
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