DeWalt DW402.gif angle grinder The workhorse tool when I'm doing fiberglass repairs is a DeWalt DW402 4-1/2 inch angle grinder With a 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 steel freezer.

This Old Boat book cover 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.

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