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Temporary repair

Discussion in 'Wood and Canvas' started by paulfredricks, Jun 23, 2005.

  1. paulfredricks

    paulfredricks Too Many Hobbies

    Hi All,

    Looking for a little advice. I've got a 1030's Shell Lake. It's in fair condition, but needs a recanvasing and a little rot repair. At some point in its life it was fiberglassed.

    The Keel had a some rot to it, so I removed it and am making a new keel for it. Since I am new to wood canoes, here is my question. What do I use to seal the keel to the hull. I want to be able to reuse the keel when the time comes to recanvas. I thought I could use a marine caulk that stays flexible, or even silicone. Any thoughts? I want to keep it simple.

    Thanks. I love this sight!

    Paul
     
  2. Dan Miller

    Dan Miller cranky canoeist Staff Member

    Use a bedding compound like Interlux Boatyard Bedding Compound or Dolphinite.

    You want something that remains flexible, allows for the parts to be seperated later on, and is paintable. Both of these products fit the bill. Never, ever, ever, let anything that contains silicone near your canoe!
     
  3. OP
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    paulfredricks

    paulfredricks Too Many Hobbies

    Thanks Dan. Where do I look for the bedding compound? That is, what type of shop or store would carry it?

    Paul
     
  4. OP
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    paulfredricks

    paulfredricks Too Many Hobbies

    Oh, never mind. West Marine sells the Dolfinite, and there are plenty around here.

    Thanks,

    Paul
     

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