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1959 Glasspar Seafair Restoration 1 year 11 months ago #122316

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Hi everyone, I'm new to this site, new to boating, new to fiberglass, new to posting on blogs; however, I've read many. I've learned an incredible amount from all of you.

Here is my 1959 Glasspar Seafair, 17-1/2' cuddy skiff. I purchased the boat, trailer, 1959 Johnson Super Seahorse "fat fifty" and a seventies Johnson Super Seahorse 40 hp-- all for $200. I brought my tools and a full compressor with me when I went to look at it. Tire blew out on the highway. Spare held air, luckily. I'll tow a project on a flatbed next time!

I am going to strip this boat down to fiberglass and completely rebuild/refurbish it. I will replace transom, floor, stringers, plus numerous small fiberglass repairs. I will buy all new teak or mahogany and use old wood for templates. I will sand, repair, sand fill/fair, sand, prime, sand, paint, sand, paint the hull and topsides with epoxy materials.

I will buy new glass, polish all aluminum trims, new rubber seals and rub rail, new instruments, etc. I am thinking of shortening the splash well. It is gigantic and I could probably get another 8" of deck aft. Just a thought. I will get all new hardware, bolts, screws, etc. Since I've had to grind almost every screw or bolt out. Stainless? I will polish all metal trims and clear-coat. I brought this home two weeks ago, have made some progress. I look forward to sharing more and continuing to learn from you all.

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Re:1959 Glasspar Seafair Restoration 1 year 11 months ago #122318

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Here are some pics. I have every screw, bolt, nut, piece of metal off the boat. Took nearly 40 hours. Grinding will start this week.

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Re:1959 Glasspar Seafair Restoration 1 year 11 months ago #122319

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Having trouble uploading pics....

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Re:1959 Glasspar Seafair Restoration 1 year 11 months ago #122320

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Re:1959 Glasspar Seafair Restoration 1 year 11 months ago #122321

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Re:1959 Glasspar Seafair Restoration 1 year 11 months ago #122322

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I've read of this spring taking hands off.
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Re:1959 Glasspar Seafair Restoration 1 year 11 months ago #122323

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splash well is too big?
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Transom finally clean
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Re:1959 Glasspar Seafair Restoration 1 year 11 months ago #122327

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This boat needs everything. My fingertips are rubbed raw from taking this thing apart.
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Re:1959 Glasspar Seafair Restoration 1 year 11 months ago #122328

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Finally got the cabin off. The hard part was grinding all the 57 year-old hardware out!
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Motor, trims, wiring, hardware, cabin, off of boat. Ready for grinding and sanding.
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Re:1959 Glasspar Seafair Restoration 1 year 11 months ago #122356

My goodness, quite the project you have there! Looking forward to seeing it progress!

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Re:1959 Glasspar Seafair Restoration 1 year 11 months ago #122373

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Hi Modeler, yes it's a project alright :)
I was wondering if you could direct me to a board member who knows a lot about Glasspar Seafairs? Or someone that could direct me?

Thank you!!

-Dan

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Does anyone know how to remove the extruded aluminum rub-rail metal from the Glasspar Seafair? It looks riveted. Some of these were popped out and I was able to pull them all the way out. Then I pounded them back all the way in. Are they simple mechanical (removable) fasteners? I would LOVE to completely remove the topsides from the hull. I wasn't going to, but all the wood in the bow (under hatch, forward bulkheads, hatch supports etc.) is soft. Also need to repair fiberglass and gel-coat in one spot by the rub-rail (and slightly straighten the rub-rail metal).

Or should I just leave it and sand and saturate all forward wood in epoxy and glass tape as necessary and call it good?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!

-Dan

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Does anyone know how to remove the extruded aluminum rub-rail metal from the Glasspar Seafair? It looks riveted. Some of these were popped out and I was able to pull them all the way out. Then I pounded them back all the way in. Are they simple mechanical (removable) fasteners? I would LOVE to completely remove the topsides from the hull. I wasn't going to, but all the wood in the bow (under hatch, forward bulkheads, hatch supports etc.) is soft. Also need to repair fiberglass and gel-coat in one spot by the rub-rail (and slightly straighten the rub-rail metal).

Or should I just leave it and sand and saturate all forward wood in epoxy and glass tape as necessary and call it good?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!

-Dan

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Does anyone know how to remove the extruded aluminum rub-rail metal from the Glasspar Seafair? It looks riveted. Some of these were popped out and I was able to pull them all the way out. Then I pounded them back all the way in. Are they simple mechanical (removable) fasteners? I would LOVE to completely remove the topsides from the hull. I wasn't going to, but all the wood in the bow (under hatch, forward bulkheads, hatch supports etc.) is soft. Also need to repair fiberglass and gel-coat in one spot by the rub-rail (and slightly straighten the rub-rail metal).

Or should I just leave it and sand and saturate all forward wood in epoxy and glass tape as necessary and call it good?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!

-Dan
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Re:1959 Glasspar Seafair Restoration 1 year 11 months ago #122378

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Hi Modeler, yes it's a project alright :)
I was wondering if you could direct me to a board member who knows a lot about Glasspar Seafairs? Or someone that could direct me?

Thank you!!

-Dan


Unfortunately I cannot. Give it a few days, one will read your thread and offer experienced advice.

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Re:1959 Glasspar Seafair Restoration 1 year 11 months ago #122385

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I have never done it, but perhaps search Glasspar Seafair and when searched pop up, maybe you will see names of people commenting that may have them. I would think one message to even one of them would help get several members names to help you out. Nice Boats! Good luck.
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