The workhorse tool when I'm doing fiberglass repairs is a
DW402 4-1/2 inch angle grinder
36-grit sanding disc on a
rubber backing pad, I can quickly grind away fiberglass to replace
deck coring or make other repairs. I've mostly used this tool for such
repairs and, in spite of the coating of abrasive fiberglass dust, it's
still running fine.
I have used it with a
diamond blade to cut a freezer in half, lenthwise, to get it out of
the basement. (The door had been added after this International Harvestor
freezer had been moved in, and the freezer was bigger than the doorway.)
It made a bit of smoke and noise, but it made short work of that old heavy
This Old Boat
by Don Casey
Subtitled "turn a rundown fiberglass boat into a
first-class yacht on a shoestring budget," this book is the best
introduction I know boat maintenance for the new or prospective owner
of a "modern classic" sailboat. Starting with guidelines
for selecting a boat, Casey proceeds to fiberglass repairs, cabin and
deckwork, spars and rigging, boat equipment, woodwork, electrical,
plumbing, refrigeration, painting, canvas work and sails. All of this
is described in clear, simple terms perfect for the inexperienced.
This is the book that taught me fiberglass work. But don't let it
fool you; this book is appropriate for experienced boatowners, too.
I still refer to it.
Other books by Don Casey