Joe_P

Scrap, or save, this boat? (Severe gelcoat crazing/alligatoring)

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Hi there.

First post on SA, but have been lurking for a while.

I've been looking for a trailerable, lightweight, shoal draft boat for my family of three. We're not into racing; we're basically looking for a "floating camper" to spend some weekends on.

Anyhow, I found an early 1960's Hurley Alacrity 19 for basically free, and the specs fit what I was looking for. I've read that a few of these have crossed the Atlantic, and one the Pacific (as the "Vivacity 20" version); they were built to Lloyds spec's back in the day. I've read as much as I could about bilge (twin) keels, and would like to own one. Being from "across the pond", I thought it might be worth restoring.

This one, however, looks like it's spent the last few decades in the Georgia sun. I don't mind a project, like rebuilding the interior, but ultimately passed on it due to its gelcoat condition on the topside.

I know anything can be restored or fixed given enough time and money, just wondering what's involved if this is repairable. I can't find anyone on the web who's tackled gel coat in this condition. 

Would all this have to be chiseled away, then apply & fair gelcoat or epoxy putty? Down to the glass mat, or just until the old gelcoat is smooth? Some of it's so loose that I don't think sanding it flat, then covering and faring it would be a lasting repair; maybe it'd flake off again.

 

Other conditions:

Interior is woodwork is rotted out, but in good enough shape to use as templates when building new

Oak (?) stringers are rotted out

No sails 

Rudder needs to be rebuilt, but is complete

Mast and boom are straight, blocks in usable condition; Keels are solid (a biggie). I imagine it's been dry docked most of its life.

I couldn't check the deck for soft spots due to yellow jackets

Bronze deck hardware here and there

No trailer - sliding this through the grass and onto another trailer could get pretty interesting, but I have some ideas..... (Trex boards, and a few floor jacks; hold ma' beer, watch 'iss!)

 

I hate to say it, but I think she's a goner. I would've found a way to bring her home if not for that gel coat. Three days later though, she's still stuck in my head.

 

Yer thoughts?

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You wanted a planter for your family to grow vegetables in?  Bilge keels will be great for that, keep it lower to ground for easier access.

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OMG...  RUN!!!  RUN don't walk RUN, Very far and very fast...  Wow, planter is being generous.  That thing is compost....  

 

If you insist..  The only , and I mean only thing worth maybe doing would be to strip the entire thing down and just use the hull if you are in love with the double keels, but there is a reason there aint too many double keelers around, (Dillon excepted...  ) :)

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He's dead Jim....

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Norwegian Blue.

I had a Vivacity (same boat 1 foot longer) for my first boat. Extremely solid build and stiff as a porn stars dick but those were its only redeeming features.

Let it die in peace.

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5 hours ago, SloopJonB said:

Norwegian Blue.

I had a Vivacity (same boat 1 foot longer) for my first boat. Extremely solid build and stiff as a porn stars dick but those were its only redeeming features.

Let it die in peace.

It's not dead it pineing for the fiords.

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For $0 up front, 6 months of hard work, and $5000 you could get that boat up and running.

Or, for $2500 and no work, you could have a better boat right away.

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That all confirmed what I was thinking. 

Thanks guys. I'll keep looking.....

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A Pearson 26 or Pearson 30 in good condition is available for 3-5 K....and fits a family of 3 AND  a dog too.

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Even Jimmy Carter, who can perform near miracles with Heavenly Attention, would probably not try this task, HUMONGUS effort and $$ being needed.

Please smile, genuflect if Catholic, and move on.  There will be no Heavenly Repecussions.  

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pretty thick gelcoat back in the day, however i would rather have the entire chinese army don hobnail boots and march over my outstretched penis than take on that boat.

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21 hours ago, Gutterblack said:

pretty thick gelcoat back in the day, however i would rather have the entire chinese army don hobnail boots and march over my outstretched penis than take on that boat.

reminds me of the mexican bricklayers around here and their mortar..

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Nah, I brought that girl home last year. I've replaced all the lines, and taken it out a few times; not much room for three people though.

 

Just another case of two-foot-itis

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34 minutes ago, Gorn FRANTIC!! said:

Buy a Mac26, that way you and the family can go camping while we all laugh at you.

I considered (and still am considering) the 26S. Not the 26X or 26M!

 

Not really a MacGregor fan from what I've read, but I'll takes what I can gets.

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Joe, good decision to run from that. How important is trailerability? The reason I ask is that a slip or mooring really opens up many great possibilities. If it's out of the question, you might look at a catboat, perhaps a Marshall 18. Trailerable, roomy.

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28 minutes ago, dasreboot said:

was this boat in stafford va? swear i've seen it in a backyard for years near Quantico Marine Base.

Nope, it was in Ila, Georgia, about an hour NE of Atlanta.

 

I went to find the Craigslist ad to post here, and it's been deleted. I guess some lucky guy/gal has a new boat!

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Man... I thought my O'Day 19 was in rough shape. Thank you for making me feel better 'bout it.

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On 8/30/2018 at 4:56 AM, Joe_P said:

Nope, it was in Ila, Georgia, about an hour NE of Atlanta.

 

I went to find the Craigslist ad to post here, and it's been deleted. I guess some unlucky guy/gal has someone else's garbage to dispose of now.

Fixed it for you.

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Couldn't it just be sandblasted and sprayed with rhino liner?  

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