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HRPKIMMY

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Desperately seeking some support in how to maintain and spruce up me old boat moored on the River Lea (navigation stretch) in time for the Olympics. Not sure if the Olympics is relevant really but seems topical and it would be fun to cruise her up and down the river when all the excitement is taking place. I have a mooring at Springfield Marina along the river wall. I may have been a hardy pirate in another life but I am a clueless landlubber in this life BUT I LOVE MY BOAT AND POTTERING ABOUT NEXT TO NATURE. Maybe I am more of a 'Wind in the willows' than 'Pirates of the Caribbean'... do you detect a waffle here? I am shy to ask for the help I need and I am stalling but there goes: I need to tighten and/or grease my stern gland. I need to refurbish inside, clean and paint the outside. Replace the canopy (hopefully without costing an arm and a leg!). I know some will just say 'Sell it!' But, please, humour me... I don't want to consider that option until I have exhausted all others. Any ideas? Ooh Argggh Me Hearties, giz us some help you liver bellied boomers or ElSE (oops, where did that come from?) Happy boating I mean!
 

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...I need to tighten and/or grease my stern gland. I need to refurbish inside, clean and paint the outside. Replace the canopy (hopefully without costing an arm and a leg!)...

My best advice to you would be to;

Tighten and/or grease the stern gland;
Refurbish inside;
Clean and paint the outside and replace the canopy (hopefully without costing an arm and a leg!)

Don't quite understand why you're asking, TBH. Oh - welcome to the forum.
 

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I think what Carlton is saying is, tell us what your boat is and what problems you are having and there is plenty of advice available on here.

You'll probably have to do it yourself though. :D
 

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Clarification... a bit?

Thanks for your responses. Yes, what I am implying is that I need to know how to do these things! I will be more specific in future. I was wondering if anyone was nearby and might drop by and show me? (Stern Gland) or advise me how you clean and/or paint a glassfibre boat. I have 24ft motor cruiser. Seamaster. 1964.
 

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It might be an idea to find out what the engine is, take a few photos and then post again asking what you want to know with the title "Seamaster 1964 Stern Gland Advice Wanted" or similar.
 

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Could be an idea to talk to the chap who placed this advert...


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Thanks for your responses. Yes, what I am implying is that I need to know how to do these things! I will be more specific in future. I was wondering if anyone was nearby and might drop by and show me? (Stern Gland) or advise me how you clean and/or paint a glassfibre boat. I have 24ft motor cruiser. Seamaster. 1964.

Ive just taken on a full refit of my 31ft. cruiser LennyVee. First we employed a professional crew to dry blast all the years of antifoul from waterline down,and then I bought a cheap but very good orbital sander to work down the grotty paintwork on the hull,so to leave a flat,smooth finish . A quick call to my local paint wholesaler and the rep sorted all the primer and top coat required. Next Im going to form a tent around the boat with clear builders plastic sheet,and wait for the weather to warm up again. Then its head down,arse up with the paint spray gun. (or is it the other way round?). Its been pretty plain sailing so far. I guess the tricky bit comes next!!
 

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Oooh Dave. You are funny (not). LOL

Always happy to brighten up anyone's day (or not). LOL. :D

Still not sure what you're after, though...

Are you saying you'd like a hunky man to pop round to your boat to offer instructions/suggestions for how to tackle the jobs you have to do?

Unfortunately where boats are concerned, it's usually a choice of fix it yourself or pay someone else to do it.

Re. the canopy - have a Google for canopy specialists in your immediate area. Ask them to pop round and measure up and they'll give you a quote for the job.

Painting the hull? Would be much better to simply clean and polish it - assuming you or a previous owner haven't already painted over the grp.

Interior? Well, you could do whatever you liked here and spend a fortune - new carpets/wall coverings/leather upholstery/woodwork/etc., although in terms of boat values it's generally best to stick to the interior as supplied originally when the boat left the factory, more or less. What do you want to achieve?
 
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