I actually started the work on this low side Hyde drift boat about a year ago. The initial scraping, sanding and peeling of the old fiberglass on the bottom began in May of 2020. Unfortunately, or fortunately (depending on your point of view) it was placed on the back burner until now. The latest video is about where this project has been, where it is at and where it is going. I won’t go into the details as it is explained in the video but I will share a few photos of the bottom of the boat as I began the work. These photos will help viewers understand more what I was dealing with and why I am striping down and repairing the bottom of this boat (and more).
The first image (above) is one of the numerous cracks in the fiberglass on the bottom of the boat that was letting water in and helped me decide that the old glass just needed to come off. The second image is what I uncovered as I began peeling off the fiberglass. Discovering all of the wood exposed on the bottom I can see why someone covered it with some fiberglass and epoxy. The interesting part is all the holes drilled into the bottom (I discuss it in the video). The third image is a close up of the bottom under the fiberglass and the holes drilled into the hull.
As I finish prepping the bottom of the drift boat over the next couple of weeks I will get more footage of my work and applying some Fairing compound to fill in the gouges and holes on the bottom to get ready to add some new fiberglass. Look for video #2 in a couple weeks (or maybe three). – Enjoy.
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As always, if you have any questions about this fly (or any other) you can leave a comment on Dressed Irons or any of the videos I have produced and I will help in anyway I can. Enjoy!
Remember….. It’s Boat Repair….. If you’re not having fun, You’re Doin’ It Wrong.