2020 A71 Blue Jackaroo Repairs 002 - transom

Hello guys, been a while but using the warm weather I have been at work doing what I can.  she started as loose tape on the deck and a little hole in the transom as i bought her but has evolved to.

  • 70% of the Transom had to be rebuilt. She is solid but needs finishing
  • Roof in the back was rotten through, along with the main support, this was replaced but not shaped or trimmed so its about double the old ones thickness
  • Every hatch was rotten through. Rear hatch rebuilt but needs sanded and finished, Same with the front
  • The entire deck was pretty much acting as a water tank between the veneers
  • many holes in the hull. Mostly done filling and fixing
  • Rot in the bubble, in the works, decided to take it back to wood and epoxy coat her
  • Trailer is a mess with broken brakes and a bit of rot but we will patch and launch her then redo that
  • The dolphin engine is turning smooth as silk after a lot of fear and a few weeks of 2 stroke oil and rocking with a big stick and a socket.


Its all a bit rough and ready right now and needs a lot of touch ups but she will hopefully sail this year. Below are some of my battles. Sure I made some mistakes but nothing that can not be restored later if someone had the funds. i plan to use her a lot so I am trying to make the repairs solid. The hatches will be adjusted colour wise when I varnish the epoxy with some mineral stains. hope you find it interesting


First 15 mm, she got 2 laminated with epoxy


Roof is ply because it is painted and the veneer I got was trash



Matchsticks and splinters aka the rear hatch


Remade, i then ground out old filler and used epoxy and wood flour to fill the gaps then epoxied the hatch to be varnished


Front hatch got fiberglass so I will have to sand and tweak the colour, using the old frame a 15mm ply


making a mess


Older patch before i got the wood flour using epoxy and thickners


more holes


Checking the fit of the new hatch


I like the look of the ground areas filled with wood flour and epoxy


Cold forming the hatch


Rot in the bubble, the smell was exactly like a forest floor so I pumped some acetone in before i cut away any more rot


taking her back to all wood hatches and bubble, I think she looks much better now. The wood is in great shape other than the rotten bits. Will be rebuilt with Douglas fur and the bits of 2mm veneer I got that turned out to be of little use.



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