I am giving real serious consideration to refinishing the bottom of my 14' Tatman the right way - with fiberglass cloth and tape wrapped over the edge of the bottom, followed by coats of epoxy. I will need to remove the chine battens, which were installed with copious amounts of 3M 5200 adhesive, which is described as "permanent." Do I have a ghost of a chance of removing the battens without ruining them or tearing up the fir plywood side panels? Has anyone developed a procedure for this? Thanks!
Thanks for the level of detail about chine cap removal. Fortunately, for disassembly purposes, my caps are screwed on, but I've been mulling over using nails for the re-install. What gauge and length of nail do you use?
Just finished my first boat. Pictures will be up on the board soon. I used the rounded/wrapped edge method that Jason and Randy use. It seems to have worked out great. I am happy so far. Only time will tell.
I am getting started on my second boat right now. Hope to have it done by late fall. Then I plan to build at least one more this winter. That will put my total up to three. I am hoping one of you would give a more detailed description of how you do your boat bottoms. I am always open to suggestions and would love to learn more about your methods.