The assumption is that you are restoring a typical fiberglass sailboat, from 20 to about 50 feet in length. Wooden sailboats, as well as steel and aluminum ones, do exist but they are comparatively rare in these waters and are different stories altogether. The hull is, in effect, your sailboat. If the hull is bad, you might as well throw away the boat. You can’t really check the hull from the inside. Inevitably, you must drydock the boat and check the hull on dry land. You should (and I’m not kidding about this) actually take a small rubber mallet (by rubber, I mean the black, soft stuff, not urethane) and pound the whole hull to look for soft spots. If they are there, you will see them and they will sound different. Problems can also be plainly visible, in the form of water-filled blisters in the fiberglass below the waterline. Each of these blisters needs to be drilled out and drained, then a chemical is applied to dry them. They are then repaired with a special … [Read more...] about Before you buy or restore an old sailboat, here’s what you should know
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Middle EastHouthis Mystery surrounds alleged rebel attack on Saudi ship in critical Bab el-Mandeb Strait By Stephen Bryen July 28, 2018 4:39 PM (UTC+8) Share Tweet Linkedin Print Email Share 0 Comment 0 Saudi Arabia has suspended its oil tanker transits through the Red Sea after one of them reportedly was hit by Houthi fire. According to some reports the damaged tanker, which did not leak oil, was being taken to a nearby Saudi port for repairs. Kuwait is also likely to suspend oil-tanker transits through the Bab el-Mandeb strait. The Houthis are fighting Saudi-led coalition forces for control of the strategic Red Sea port city of Hodeida. Hodeida, which is near the Bab-el-Mandeb, is a strategic city for Yemen. More than 70% of its imported supplies, including famine relief and medical aid, flow through the port. For the Saudis and their allies, controlling the port is important in order to stop the Yemeni rebels from affecting the … [Read more...] about Did the Houthis sink a warship or hit an oil tanker?