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Old Jun 28, 2010, 09:39 PM
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Marblehead Deck repair

Hello everyone, I thought I'd join this forum to ask for for tips about repairing the deck of my marblehead racer.

It's been sitting in "dry dock" for about 2 years now, sad but true, after an unknown assailant of feline design decided that my beloved boat was an ideal landing spot while jumping down from the banister.

Are there any easy ways to fix my boat?

I'll be posting pictures up as soon as I take them.

-Wolf
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Old Jun 29, 2010, 01:33 AM
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Welcome Wolf.
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Old Jul 28, 2010, 11:33 PM
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I've just brought my boat out of storage, will have pictures as soon as possible.
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Old Aug 01, 2010, 11:34 AM
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We're waitiiinnggg...........
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Old Jan 06, 2013, 11:35 PM
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VERY late update... Still no pictures they are coming tomorrow. I fell into the "there is so much work to do on this boat" depression cycle and I've been ignoring it for a while.
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Old Jan 07, 2013, 07:29 AM
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take your time, do a little each day and you will get there
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Old Jan 07, 2013, 11:22 AM
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Depending on what your Marblehead is, and it's decking arangment, replacing the deck could be in the range of complicated to amazingly simple. All Ms are different. Even those that are the same design.
What worked on someone else's boat here, might not necesarily work for your boat...



The only way anyone can recomend an applicable direction for repair in your situation is to see what you are working with....Photos please.




Don't just jump at the first suggestion how to fix it. Think about what you are doing prior to doing it, and it will come out well.
The advice you just heard of "Take your time, do a little each day and you will get there" is the best advice you'll hear through the project.
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Old Jan 07, 2013, 11:49 PM
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Wolf
Welcome !
last winter I went through the process myself, after becoming the
caretaker of an old Marblehead. scariest part was getting the old deck off, I
had NO idea what was under there. one day, I just said "this is it" and started in.
this deck was plastic, old,brittle,dis-colored,cracked AND had teeny little wood
screws like every 3/4" all around the edges.
for encouragement purposes, here are before and after pics...
the new deck is just 1/32nd birch veneer I got at a Michaels store ( they also
had thinner in stock)the lines are a ink pen with spar varnish over it.
it can be done
Allan
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Old Jan 09, 2013, 04:54 PM
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Hey everyone, late reply once again, but I've pictures now! (woo)



As you can see the rear deck is damaged from the mast shaft back.



The cross frames are also damaged.



I think I have all the pieces, though I may have lost some.



You can also see the culprit coming over for a round two attempt...

-Wolf
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Old Jan 09, 2013, 06:14 PM
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That boat you are working with there appears to be a Kevlar hull Bob Sterne Viper.
It's one of the best.
You also list that you're from Vancouver.. Where these boats were produced.

On the starboard side, underneath the decking in the center of the boat that is not removable there should be a hull badge or ID tag.
It should say Bob's Boat Yard, Viper and a Hull ID number.

Go do that before you do anything else.





In terms of a rebuild, If anyone else tells you to anything, Don't do it.
Be patient, You need to take the boat APART more before you can put it back together.





This,
Is what I've been talking about for the past year.
Ho-Hum, Just a sterne Viper sitting in a basement. Gee, I think I'll go spend MORE money on some plastic chinese junk.....
derrrrr.
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I would second what breakwater says. I would remove the rest of the deck and replace the cross beams. Contact Will at Tippecanoe boats and see if he has the mold for the deck if the boat is a viper and ask if he can make you a new deck. Good luck with the repair and hopefully your furry friend will be gentler with the boat. Ryan
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Old Jan 10, 2013, 12:23 AM
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@Ryan

Doubt it... He seems to take great pride in wrecking my nice things... RC sail boats, RC cars, model scifi ships...

@Breakwater

Wow... Really? I didn't think my dad's old boat was "special". I'll be checking for numbers tonight.
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Old Jan 10, 2013, 12:42 AM
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I did a bit of searching, found the ID sticker,

Bob's Boat Yard, Burnaby BC, Canada. Orbit #10

Does this mean anything to anyone?

- Wolf
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I would second what breakwater says. I would remove the rest of the deck and replace the cross beams. Contact Will at Tippecanoe boats and see if he has the mold for the deck if the boat is a viper and ask if he can make you a new deck. Good luck with the repair and hopefully your furry friend will be gentler with the boat. Ryan
Don't contact Will at Tipppecanoe boats.
He does not have a mould for the deck, as there is no deck mould.... The ORBIT uses a very simple Monokote deck.

The fix is simple. Just do one thing at a a time. I'll answer what to do next in another post.
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Old Jan 10, 2013, 09:58 AM
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I did a bit of searching, found the ID sticker,

Bob's Boat Yard, Burnaby BC, Canada. Orbit #10

Does this mean anything to anyone?

- Wolf
Bob Sterne was a legendary R/C sailboat maker in many classes.
Most noteably his marks were in the US1M and Marblehead.

Your boat is an Orbit, which is the name of the design that fits within the Marblehead class. Your boat is quite a collectors item. Don't let go of it.

The orbit was Sterne's Design after the Kisutch, and just before the Viper. You can tell by looking at the boat that its lines are significantly similar to that of the Viper.

All said-and-done if this boat was refurbished, it's not a top-top level performer in present day, but it is definetley a high-level M.
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