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Fixing up a old wooden opti? Answered

Me and a friend were given a free wooden optimist but, it was beat up with chipping paint and pealing wood. We want to fixit up and repair it to working condition, it also has a bunch of broken straps for the air bag any help or advice fixing it and repainting it. 

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rickharris (author)2012-08-02

It should be very straight forward to fix as all the planks are flat.

Pain cleans off easily - If not too bad you can rub down with glass paper and then fill any minor dents and unevenness with a waterproof filler for your local DIY

Repaint - Although people have different opinions i have always used normal household gloss paint - I expect to re-paint or re-touch every couple of years - It works for me and is a lot cheaper then products sold for the boat market.

Don't be fooled by so call yacht paints you can get in the DIY shops - It's just a trade mark not a qualification.

Straps and the like pay a visit to the local scrap yard and get some old car seat belts - They should let you have them if you explain what for and cut them off the reels so they can't be use in a car.

I have build a nd repaired several sailing dingys over the years and its a real enjoyable occupation

BEFORE you sail ensure you all have a buoyancy aid - don't be tempted to sail without one.

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