Miliner Marine Services
Boat repairs, refinishing and maintenance by Miliner Marine Services, Eliot, Maine, USA Boat Building & Repair
Eliot, Maine, USA


David V. Miliner - Shipwright
207-439-4230

Serving the North East USA since 1977


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February 11, 2013: The boat currently occupying our attentions is a Mystic 30 sailboat- Hull #5- built by the Legnos Boat Building Company in 1979. The boat sustained significant damage when it fell off of it's stands during Hurricane Sandy. The keel joint for the external ballast was fractured making it necessary to drop, re-bed, and re-glass the seam. The hull laminate was cracked through on the port side near the waterline where she landed. Once that is repaired the topsides and boot stripe will be resurfaced using Awlgrip Polyester Urethane. Inside the boat- the settee on the port side was displaced and the tabbing for some of the bulkheads in that area came loose. The loose tabbing will be removed and the bulkheads re-glassed to the hull. The interior lockers and the bilge area will be re-painted after the repairs are completed. One of the old style Edson dinghy davits was broken and a straight replacement could not be found. They will be replaced with a new set of St. Croix davits. Although not related to the storm damage- an inspection of the deck found that there was significant delamination on deck in the area of the mast step. When the outer skin was removed we found that the balsa core had experienced prolonged exposure to water and had rotted out. The core and the outer laminate will be replaced and the area repainted as necessary- most likely using Interlux Interdeck which is the non-skid product on the deck now. All things considered- for a boat that is 30+ years old it held up very well for having fallen over.
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Mystic 30 - A little support system to try and keep the 3000 lb. lead keel upright during the process. Mystic 30 - We raised the boat about a half inch off of it's blocks using the jack stands and completed the separation of the keel from the hull using oak wedges. Once the keel was resting back on it's blocks we raised the boat off of the keel with the jack stands far enough to allow us to clean the old bedding out the joint, but without allowing the keel bolts to come clear of the holes in the hull. Mystic 30 - Here the boat has been set back down in a hard putty and the keel bolts torqued. The joint will be ground back, re-glassed using West System epoxy resin, and faired using West System putty.
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Mystic 30 - Shows the repair to the hull on the port side. Before grinding out the damaged area we laminated a stout fiberglass patch on the inside extending out well past the fracture. This allows the new laminate on the outside when replaced to tie into the glass patch as well as the old hull laminate. Mystic 30 - The mast step has been removed and the outer skin cut away to expose the rotted balsa core. Mystic 30 - The damaged core has been removed. The area will now be prepped, the core and the outer laminate replaced, the deck painted, and the mast step re-installed. We will rebuild the area under the mast step out of solid glass so that no water can get near the new core.


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