From Belle to Tate

Earlier this spring, work was done on a 1929 28′ Alden Triangle Sloop. Nothing too major — just a few maintenance issues.

In 1990, the previous owner cold-molded a new hull over the old one. Layers of western red cedar were epoxied over the existing white cedar planking and then sheathed in fiberglass.  It has held up well except for a two-foot crack in both the fiberglass and laminate along where keel meets stem.

The crack was grinded out and filled with West System G-Flex. After sanding the cured G-Flex, two layers of six-ounce cloth were then laid in epoxy resin.  Final sanding and fairing completed the job.

After grinding. The crack did not go through all the laminates

Went with G-Flex (thickened with Colloidal Silica) for its better ability to withstand movement and impact. Also, despite drying the area out, the G-Flex will adhere to a slightly damp surface should any moisture still be present.

Fiberglassed, faired and painted.

There is some topside fresh water intrusion and so after testing the decks with a hose, all deck hardware was re-bedded with Dolfinite and in some areas, such as the forward cowl and stern light, the teak pads on which the hardware sat were replaced. A new forward hatch this winter should button things up.

Some other small tidbits include varnish touch-ups, a new bow cleat and two small cockpit cleats for rigging the tiller.

New bow cleat.

Lastly, new nameboards. Out with Belle and in with Tate.

The boat is Coast Guard documented and so requires 4″ lettering. Tough to squeeze on such a small transom.

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