Outer gunwales

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30 Jun 2010 11:31 #20737 by Weirwoodmadman
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Hiya all.

I have a rather rotten Mirror that I am taking on as a project over the summer. She has quite a few holes in her and the total restoration will most likely cost more than its worth! But then where is the fun in buying a working one?!

She is going to be used for teaching my little brother to sail, and will probably never be raced. On that basis meeting class rules isn't number 1 priority.

Both of the outer gunwales need replacing and after looking on Trident for the official parts it comes to £40. Is there a cheaper solution? I’m rather handy with a plane and live right near a large timbre merchant, so would be happy to make a pair. What sort of wood should I use to make my own gunwales, or is it more effort than its worth and would you recommend instead just shelling out for the official parts?

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30 Jun 2010 11:56 #20738 by dsmithers
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You may be able to replace sections of the gunwale if there is only locallised damage. This has been done on my Mirror - pieces have been scarfed in.

I think that they are some sort of pine, possibly spruce.

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30 Jun 2010 16:38 #20741 by Peter Robinson
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Hi,

I had a similar problem with a boat that we restored.

I would suggest that you remove the original gunwales and given it is a training rathe than racing boat replace with one piece strips of standard white wood from the timber yard next door. You will have to pick your timber to ensure it has a minimum of knots in it and fit it in the middle of the gunnels first and bend each side up to the the hull. Use a few Stainless Steel screw. But not too many

You will also need quite a few cramps
The best glue to use is epoxy

Hope this helps

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04 Jul 2010 09:44 #20744 by Weirwoodmadman
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Brilliant!!!
I think most of the gunwale on one side is dead and the other is in a few pieces (got a bit handy with the screwdriver/crowbar). As a lot of the ply from around that area has turned into mush, it needed to come off. Just would have been nice if it was in one piece. On that basis a repair seems impractical.

An easy curve like that of the mirror won't need steaming into shape will it? Just enough epoxy and some screws will do?

Looks like I will be off to 'spruce' up my boat then.

Thanks guys.

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05 Jul 2010 12:04 #20746 by dsmithers
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I seem to remember that the original build manual from 1972 (when I found it last year) recommended putting them betwen chairs with a weight before hand to help the bend.

I think my Dad when building the boat in 1972 did actually steam them (or soaked them in hot water) anyway.

As it was intended that Mirrors would be home built, I think that they tried to avoid anything to complicated or requiring specialist facilities.

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