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    I have parts of my stringers that are going bad, and I want to replace them before somthing goes wrong. I read online that you can cut out the bad parts of the stringers, replace the wood, and epoxy the ends together. Or do i have to replace the whole stringer.
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    351 - Powerslot
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  • #2
    There was a thread on here a few months ago complete with pictures of a project like this.
    Do it right, replace the entire stringer.
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    • #3
      Brian,

      Do you have the floors pulled up yet?

      I live in Ft Worth and I am also contemplating a little floor surgery (don't know about the stringers yet). There is a website called "Rot Doctor" which addresses repairing stringers and other structural elements of fiberglass boats.

      What part of Dallas/Ft Worth do you live in?


      Bruce

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      • #4
        george bush and the toll way.

        that was the site i was refering to...

        http://www.rotdoctor.com/L/BoatL/QA081.html
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        351 - Powerslot
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        • #5
          Brian,

          Do you have the floors pulled up yet?

          Bruce

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          • #6
            No i havent yet.
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            351 - Powerslot
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            • #7
              I just recently discovered a small patch of floor that is spongy on my '83. I think my winter project will be to rebuild the floor. I was curious what the substructure looked like before I started cutting. I will post here with pictures. If you get yours taken apart before I do, let me know, as I may want to have a look.

              Bruce

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Bruce Carr
                I just recently discovered a small patch of floor that is spongy on my '83. I think my winter project will be to rebuild the floor. I was curious what the substructure looked like before I started cutting. I will post here with pictures. If you get yours taken apart before I do, let me know, as I may want to have a look.

                Bruce
                Bruce, if yours is a 83, it does not have wood stringers.

                Check out this thread regarding spongy floor on a 83.
                Last edited by ski_king; 07-08-2005, 02:51 PM.
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                • #9
                  PowerSlot,

                  MC went to all glass construction mid year of '83. I have the wood stringer version. I am not expecting to see any stringer damage as the boat has been stored indoors since new. The floor has a soft spot about the size of a foot behind the driver seat.

                  Thanks for the post.

                  Bruce

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                  • #10
                    The S**T just hit the fan.......

                    I was out on the lake for a few hours with my GF. Wine, sunset, etc.... Everything was great....... then


                    SPLAT!!!


                    I was heading back to the ramp (water was almost glass) and the engine started vibrating pretty bad. I shut it down to take a look. I checked the prop for weeds/damage, nothing. Everything looked fine, and then I saw it. The engine sunk about 3 inches into the stringer..... My heart sunk with it.

                    Anyway I have been looking online for about an hour now and think that replacing the stringers wonít be that bad. Forward of the engine the stringers are fine and behind the transmission they are good too. The wood is in decent shape and not wet. Iím going to replace the rotten wood now and use CPES and Layup & Laminatingô Epoxy Resin to take care of the older wood for now. And in the winter I'm going to restore the stringers/gel coat/floors etc. But I donít want to miss this great weather.

                    We have a camping trip scheduled for Possum Kingdom next weekend and Iím going to try to make it. I figure that I can get this done in a week if I bust my ***. I'll take pictures and post them on the site tomorrow so you can see it all. This will give me a chance to clean up the bilge and engine too.

                    O well...
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                    • #11
                      There is indeed a fairly thorough thread here (search on "stringer") where one of the members replaced his stringers. It may help you if you so choose to read it.

                      Good luck and requesting many pics....
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                      • #12
                        Here is a link to a stringer replacement thread..

                        Good photos in the first message by jkc.
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                        • #13
                          Also Jeremy79 is a regular here and I believe he recently replaced his stringers.
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                          • #14
                            I pulled the engine on my home made hoist. I will post pics later.

                            Stringers forward of the ski pole are fine and about a foot behind the transmission mounts are fine too. I will use the CEPS on them and strengthen them anyway.

                            The stringers under the mounts where the lag screws go were in pretty bad shape. I cut the top off one stringer and started removing the rotten wood from it. It started getting dark so I stopped for the night. I wonít be able to do anything else till probably Tues. This dosent look too hard and Iím thinking that this weekend will be a reachable goal.

                            Ill keep you informed.

                            Brian
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                            • #15
                              I replaced part of the stringers on my old ski supreme. Tearing out the old stringer was the hardest part. We just wrapped the wood in fiberglass and bolted it into the good part of the stringer. We only had issues at the motor mount points. It was messy work but we were able to do it without pulling up the floor.
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