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Javelin Resteration

Discussion in 'Day Sailers' started by Flyingscot64, May 2, 2018. Add this thread to a FAQ

  1. Flyingscot64

    Flyingscot64

    Joined Nov 19, 2017
    11 posts, 1 likes
    Oday 14ft
    Javalin Un Next to garage
    I bought a 1979 Javelin in late October last season .I haven't sailed yet ,but spring is a good time to start . The first thing was removing it from the trailer ,next is rolling it on to its side and removing the centerboard ,then flipping it upside down. The boat bottom was painted with anti fouling paint, so that paint had to be removed first. Next was sanding and filling any holes ,I had some cracks in the gunwale so filled the also. The boat will be ready for gelcoat this weekend.
     

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  2. Simon Sexton

    Simon Sexton

    Joined Nov 1, 2017
    229 posts, 73 likes
    Catalina 25 Tall Rig
    Valiant US Watergate Marina, Kemah, TX
    @Flyingscot64 ,

    Good morning! I've actually sailed one of these boats before and she was pretty quick, so this looks like a project worth while! I'm currently finishing up on restoring a '71 AMF Sunbird, which is a similar layout and rig, just with a cuddy-cabin. I don't know how much knowledge you have in restoration, so I'm sorry if I sound like a know-it-all, but be sure to check the centerboard and centerboard trunk for swelling; if the trunk is swollen, then you'll have to cut it all up and completely redo it, and at that point the boat isn't even really worth restoring.
    The hull looks very nice, and so does the cockpit! It's pretty rare to find a boat like that with all the rigging in descent condition, too. If the mast and boom are painted and the paint is wearing off in spots, I would sand all the old paint down and just re-paint it with Rust-Oleum truck bed liner; a couple large spray cans of that stuff will cover all the spars, and keep the aluminum safe from the weather. Looks like a fun project; keep us updated!

    God Bless,
    S.S.
     


  3. Sunbird22358

    Sunbird22358

    Joined Jun 2, 2004
    1,655 posts, 31 likes
    Oday Day Sailer
    US Wareham, MA
    Javelin had a galvanized steel centerboard, it may rust... but won't swell (well, except from the layers of rust?). Mast was originally black-anodized, not paint.
     


  4. Will Gilmore

    Will Gilmore

    Joined Oct 19, 2017
    2,147 posts, 841 likes
    O'Day 19
    US Littleton, NH
    That looks like a pretty sweet boat. Great picnic and beach boat. The pictures look like there isn't a lot of work to do on her. I think you have a lucky find.

    -Will (Dragonfly)
     


  5. Flyingscot64

    Flyingscot64

    Joined Nov 19, 2017
    11 posts, 1 likes
    Oday 14ft
    Javalin Un Next to garage
    For the experience part I am just the average diy guy Gel coat is not much of a user friendly product you have to have low humidity and a small window for temp so spring is the best. The center board is steel and fairly rusted pretty common for these boats , haven't decided what to do for sure there ,but you could get a few more years out of it. The anodizing is very dull but covered and not all scratched up . But if someone wanted to remove it you use brake cleaner of all things .As far as work it is just sanding and very little filling. The chips were just air pockets behind the gelcoat, hopefully those were all of them . I did save it though as the people had lost interest and left it uncovered ,and it had some water in it,from the port holes,if I hadn't come along it would of froze over the winter ,or rotted out the transom. It is a nice little boat and I think the best part is it has the rare padded seats .
     


  6. Flyingscot64

    Flyingscot64

    Joined Nov 19, 2017
    11 posts, 1 likes
    Oday 14ft
    Javalin Un Next to garage
    The gel coat is on the boat is looking really good . The gelcoat goes on shiny and very orange peeled ,there is a wax additive in this product which floats to the surface to cure it and becomes very dull when fully cured . Then after one day in the full sun it is fully cured . Now the fun part lots of wet sanding going from 320 - 1500 then polishing compound then finally wax. Its a lot of work but now you have duplicated the factory finish.
     

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