You may have seen this boat in our news section before. This Spider 24 trailer sailer had its hull bottom repaired and copper-coated last year along with a number of other jobs. This time we repaired a number of areas in the deck. Being a balsa cored deck, the areas were cut out and new core fitted. The areas around the shroud chainplates had spread into the chainplate bulkhead below. These were replaced with Thermolite panel and glassed in place with epoxy. Another area in the deck that needed attention was below the forestay fitting which was also rotten. Once all the deck repairs were carried out, all the nonskid was primed and repainted. Another request from the owner was to fit a carbon fiber bowsprit and downwind winches, blocks and running back stay fittings. Being high load deck fittings, all required backing pads glassed in below deck for reinforcement. Another job on the list was to replace the cabin windows. The old ones were through-bolted and all cracked. Another fault with them was that they were full length without any expansion joints. To improve on this we fitted the new windows in three sections. We also used a more modern system with double sided tape and glazing sealant, no fasteners. This trailer sailer looked almost brand new with a few gelcoat repairs to tidy up some areas.
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