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  1. Boatman1955

    Inherited an Alpha, see ya 40', 2004

    Yes, I know you're right, but not much I can do at the moment unless I pretend this is one of my boats and shrink wrap the upper section..πŸ˜–
  2. Boatman1955

    Inherited an Alpha, see ya 40', 2004

    A heated garage would be ideal and would ensure that everything would be dry before repairs but I might have to settle for a carport and some warm weather. Thanks Thanks Bill!
  3. Boatman1955

    Inherited an Alpha, see ya 40', 2004

    Yes, I agree. I found a few roof leaks today and that might be contributing to the moisture on the walls.
  4. Boatman1955

    Inherited an Alpha, see ya 40', 2004

    No screw heads Bill, but I was just on the roof (yes it stopped raining long enough) and I found 4 little holes where it looks like something punched through the material. Maybe like some suggested, water getting behind the outside walls could be contributing to the problem. I have a friend who has built fiberglass boats and other fiberglass items and he is going to stop by to look at the issue. I am seeing the same thing as you as far as a surface problem and not a structural. Other than that, the roof material looks good as far as no cracks etc.. I am just wondering if I should paint the roof or apply a special coating to protect it?
  5. Boatman1955

    Inherited an Alpha, see ya 40', 2004

    The interior is basically good except that it is filthy which I am working on at the moment, but there is some water stains on the ceiling in the bedroom only, and maybe a foot forward of the sliding door for the aft cabin. I just ran my idea past a very good glass man and friend and he says yes, but he recommended epoxy instead of polyester resin if I were going to keep the coach. Yes I am. Even if I were going to sell it I have never been one to skimp on anything. They are all natural!
  6. Boatman1955

    Inherited an Alpha, see ya 40', 2004

    Thanks, Makes perfect sense to me. I will be checking for leaks today!
  7. Boatman1955

    Inherited an Alpha, see ya 40', 2004

    Ok Bill, here are the photos. The left side is much worse than the right. As someone who has done fiberglass work on boats and truck front ends I am thinking of repair instead of replace, at least on most of it. Even though there are numerous holes, the fiberglass still appears to be bonded to the wood, which of course is a wonderful thing. My repair would be to first grind the bad area, then lightly sandblast the area, which cleans and provides incredible porous places for fiberglass resin to infiltrate and bond into. Then I would mix resin and fiberglass to make a paste and force it into the holes with a putty knife. That should work better than gorilla hair or equivalent imho, as an integral repair than just something like gorilla hair wiped on the surface. I know she is FILTHY but this thing is new to me and I'm not going to wash in this freezing weather...☺️
  8. Boatman1955

    Inherited an Alpha, see ya 40', 2004

    I downloaded all of this good stuff today, love it!! Thanks!
  9. Boatman1955

    Inherited an Alpha, see ya 40', 2004

    Bill, I will get some pictures this weekend when I'm back at my coach. Thanks!
  10. Boatman1955

    Inherited an Alpha, see ya 40', 2004

    Ok, Gotcha!πŸ™‚
  11. Boatman1955

    Inherited an Alpha, see ya 40', 2004

    Don't know what Hardy board is but it must be good stuff!
  12. Boatman1955

    Inherited an Alpha, see ya 40', 2004

    Salt won't hurt fiberglass from what I have seen but it can certainly accelerate fading of the gelcoat. And yes there are many types of stainless and aluminum, and both have certain types that are recommended for marine use.
  13. Boatman1955

    Inherited an Alpha, see ya 40', 2004

    Yes and of course a major problem on boats. In this case I was surprised in that the aluminum was glued to wood.
  14. Boatman1955

    Inherited an Alpha, see ya 40', 2004

    Thank You for this Ray! I will print this out and add it to me ever growing alfa library. Thanks so much and Happy New Year!
  15. Boatman1955

    Inherited an Alpha, see ya 40', 2004

    A wheel barrow full of good useful information here! Thank You so much and Happy New Year!
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