Gibson Houseboat repairs and rebuilding.
by Keith Millett
Older Gibson Houseboats are a very Popular Model.
I have just purchased a distressed 1972 Gibson Houseboat (36 foot) & it's my first boat. I have the resources to repair the unit & would like some advice.
The unit is in disrepair as follows.
1. The flooring in the lower deck has rotted due to water coming in through the engine hatches.
2. I am told the rear deck must be replaced to correct the water problem.
3. The hull is sound, so says the marina that I bought it from.
4. The manufacturer says there are no repair manuals available.
My plan is to remove the rear deck & replace it with wood.
What type of wood & finish should I use?
Next I will remove the interior floor, replace the rotten 2x6's that are secured to the fiberglass hull & then the flooring is secured to the 2x6.
How should I secure the 2x6 to the hull?
Thanks, Keith Reply - Answer
Well Keith, congratulations on your Gibson houseboat purchase. You're situation is a very common one, where the water infiltrates between the layers of fiberglass and rots the wood beneath, which causes delamination, leaks and damage.
I won't sugar coat my reply, so here is my thoughts:
1) Did you get a marine surveyor (you're choice of surveyor) to
do a survey before buying the houseboat? If you did, than he gave you a list of all the repairs necessary. If you didn't get a survey before buying it, get one now before spending your resources and your time on a major project.
2) As to how and what to use to do the repairs, you will find it's best to do replace the wood and fiberglass exactly as it was built. The hatch and stringer damage is a common problem. You will want to fiberglass the stringers back into place, like original. You may want to check the transom for water damage or weakness.
3) You will find these dvd's very educational and instructional on how to do repairs with fiberglass and epoxy.
The dvd's cover topics like repairs, replacement, dry rot, strength, painting, gel coat etc... All the tips and tricks to do a professional looking job.
4) If other people aren't as handy with tools and major repairs, and would rather purchase a new boat we can help. If you're looking for a new Gibson boat
, we now have factory direct pricing.
Lastly, hopefully some of our readers will share and post comments about their houseboat repairing and rebuilding experiences.
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