Pacemaker Refurb

Howdy All,

Well it all started a few months ago in a different thread but finally we finshed the refurb. 
Like all other works I have done on the boat, they have taken longer and cost a lot more than I had anticiapted. This time the plan was to sand, patch, prime and paint the outside. Simple and should only take a couple of weeks, surely....

Well the knocks, dings and scratches under the boat were very wide spread as the repair work had never been done and there was some delamination that just seemed to keep going and going that took a good month to get perfect after just giving up on trying to dry and patch and ending up cutting a large chunk of keel out and laying up 8 or so layers of fiberglass 450gsm - arguably now the strongest part of the boat.

The sanding took about 40 hours to get it ready for priming. We took it back to gelcoat and then primed and sanded. Then primed and sanded and finally, for something different, primed and sanded. 

Learning how to spray paint meant that the top coat was pretty average so again, we fully sanded the boat and painted....then i had to patch up some spots that didnt turn out we sanded and painted now to a point where the boat is exceptionally smooth and looks schmick. 

With the outside done, the boss said 'the outside makes the inside looks shit' we stripped the inside, removed all deck fittings, bogged, sanded, bogged, sanded and fiberglassed, covering every piece of timber with epoxy before priming and painting. The gunnel is now painted with non slip paint, the console in white epoxy and the deck is primed and painted ready for the foam to go back on. 

We managed to get it out on Christmas day and thankfully it floated!


Two things i learnt: The kings 6m gazebo works as a great spray booth....and the boat is actually 5.6m not 6m. I lost 400mm along the way. 


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 Well done! The beers out on

Tue, 2023-01-10 13:10

 Well done! The beers out on the water will be much sweeter now


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Amazing level of dedication.

Tue, 2023-01-10 15:40

Amazing level of dedication. I felt great after finally finishing my rewiring job and seeing her slide off the trailer, can't imagine how this felt dropping her in.


Officially off the Pies bandwagon

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 Without all the dings,

Tue, 2023-01-10 20:37

 Without all the dings, scratches and gouges, it is difficult to keep it on the trailer now. I have to tie it on to undo the clip on the bow.

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Well done Swompa...keen to

Tue, 2023-01-10 16:36

Well done Swompa...keen to give my own a full strip down but don't think I'm mentally or financially ready yet.

Looks a treat, peace of mind you have a solid tub under you and you done it all yourself.

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I got a quote to get it done

Tue, 2023-01-10 20:36

I got a quote to get it done before we committed. I think there was $400 in paint though the labour element is monumental. We sanded for 40 hours and two sanders (thanks Bunnings warranty)  before top coat and admittedly, it is 95% there but a pro would do so much better and entirely justify the cost. I just don't have that much money hence doing it all ourselves.

Honestly I didn't know there were so many different sand paper grits around...

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Tue, 2023-01-10 17:03

 A few words spring to mind , impressive  , hot , itchy , why the bloody hell did I start this !!!

But very rewarding  !


The next time i see that jig will be in the mouth of something big !!


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Tell ya what, if it wasn't

Tue, 2023-01-10 20:32

Tell ya what, if it wasn't for the wife throwing on the PPE and throwing hours at sanding and painting with me, it would still be unfinished.

I ended up rewiring also, had to install a new switchboard and vhf while I was at it so the console got a full birthday.


Certainly ran out of interest, particularly at the rewiring stage but to see it done, I am really pleased.


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Awesome work.  Rewards for

Tue, 2023-01-10 17:15

Awesome work.  Rewards for the effort. Now to sit back and relax with a line in the water.


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Nice work

Wed, 2023-01-11 03:55

The joys of doing a glass boat refit.

Sand and fill






I've spent 1200hrs on my cat so far. Another two hundred to go and I'll be happy. 


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Whole boat in 60 gritbogWhole

Wed, 2023-01-11 07:33

Whole boat in 60 grit


Whole boat in 80 grit

bog and paint

whole boat in 80 grit

bog and paint

whole boat in 120 grit


whole boat in 240 grit


wet and dry


wet and dry



Vomit at the thought




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 thumbs up, I can

Wed, 2023-01-11 05:29

 thumbs up, I can relate.

Somewhere not far down the track I'll put up my pics.

Though mine is built from congealed electricity rather than processed hydrocarbons 


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Wed, 2023-01-11 10:07

 Huge effort mate, but now you have huge rewards. Well done


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 It looks awesome mate! What

Wed, 2023-01-11 11:09

 It looks awesome mate! What a level of commitment that takes but the satisfaction must now be worth it!


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 Great  job.

Wed, 2023-01-11 11:14

 Great  job.


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