Friday, July 8, 2011
My thoughts on Restoring a Classic Cruiser
I like this boat (as far as construction goes. I have yet to sail one). It is simple and that was one of the main reason I chose this model to restore. It is built tough. The sail plan is on the low power end, great for solo sailing. And I like the old school looks of the Rasmus. I don't like the fact that it was built in halves, the hydraulic steering, and the iron keel. But overall I am pleased with what I have learned about the construction of this boat through the years of working on it.
I am now in the nitty gritty of keel repair, meaning I will be on my back under the keel pressing fiberglass on the bottom of the keel while epoxy drips all over the place. I will be in long pants and shirt, tyvek suit, hood, and full face respirator in the 100 degree summer heat of Arkansas. It is not much fun. But this is the last of the grunt work and she will look like new by the end of the year with new exterior paint throughout.