1972 Glastron Carlson Restoration Project

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First view of 1972 Glastron Carlson CV16Gt
First view of 1972 Glastron Carlson CV16Gt

 Here was my first sight of the boat.   Looked good from a distance but was lacking as I got closer to look at the details.  


Glastron Carlson Interior
Glastron Carlson Interior

 Here you can see that the floor looks like it's above the floor.   The carpet isn't attached very well, and also how the bilge pump sits kind of out of the floor at the very back.  


Glastron Carlson Interior looking forward
Glastron Carlson Interior looking forward

 Here's the interior looking forward.   Looks ok, but notice... No seats at all.   The guy had some seats from some other boat that aren't even for this boat.   Going to have to make some new seats for the whole boat..  thinking two bucket seats and two bench seats going the length of the boat behind the driver and passenger.


Glastron Carlson first arrival at home
Glastron Carlson first arrival at home

 First pictures in my own driveway.  Looks much better in my driveway..


Ellie and BLake Cruzer in the new/old boat
Ellie and BLake Cruzer in the new/old boat

 Ellie and Blake showing a little scale size of the boat.   This is with the boat seats still in there. 


Seats in the wrong place with Ellie and Blake
Seats in the wrong place with Ellie and Blake

 Ellie and Blake with the seats in the wrong place.


No Seats.
No Seats.

 First pic with no seats in the boat.   The destruction of the interior begins...  Subtly...


Glastron Carlson Cover Picture
Glastron Carlson Cover Picture

 Here is my favorite picture of the new boat in the driveway.   The angle or view of this one is awesome!


Notice the rotted stringer
Notice the rotted stringer

 Notice the rotted stringer between the two sides of the fiberglass that was to hold it in place.   It's kind of funny. the glass cloth is there in perfect shape, but the wood has rotted away and is almost gone.


Y Stringer at the back
Y Stringer at the back

 Notice the Y stringer at the back so that you can still get at the drain hole with a bilge pump...  Sort of.   This is a bad design in my opinion.   The water has to go through small holes at the back of the Y to get into the area where it can get at either the drain hole or the pump.   This is what I think caused much of the wood to rot.   If the water cannot be removed from the bottom of the boat...   Wait till you see what I came up with to let the water roam free at the back of the boat!


Stringer ROT!
Stringer ROT!

 Notice the stringer all rotted away!


View from the bedroom
View from the bedroom

 Here's how it looks from my bedroom!


Old Revised Floor
Old Revised Floor

 This is the old wood floor that someone improvised into the bottom of the boat.   I cannot immagine that it ever worked good or gave any kind of good structure to the boat.


Stringer Transom Closeup
Stringer Transom Closeup

 A good close up picture of the transom and stringer all rotted out.


Stringer Rot
Stringer Rot

 More evidence of the stringer all rotted out!


stringer rot closeup
stringer rot closeup

 Stringer rot closeup.


Inside bow
Inside bow

 Inside of the bow once the structural components were removed.


Original Floor Still intact
Original Floor Still intact

 Here you can see parts of the original floor still in tact.   This needs to be cut away!


Engine Removed
Engine Removed

 First pic with the engine removed.   Had to do this to work on the Transom properly


Street sign Transom plate
Street sign Transom plate

 This was really funny.   We discovered that the "Aluminum" transom plate was actually two street signs stuck together instead of something with any kind of more serious structure/strength...   


wood Chip Transom wood?
wood Chip Transom wood?

 Here you can see what's left of the transom wood up inside the top of the transom.   It's just wood chips!   I even vacuumed it out to the point you couldn't see any wood anymore!


Trailer frame straightening
Trailer frame straightening

 Here I used the 1 ton come along chain winch to straighten the frame.   I think that I was very lucky that nothing buckled and that the wood blocks stayed where they needed to be!


Drain Hole
Drain Hole

 Both luckily and surprisingly, the wood immediately around the drain hole was still in good condition.   The last boat I did this with i made the mistake of cutting out the drain hole and trying to install a new brass fitting.   It never sealed up good.   This one I have new resin all the way around this little box like cut out.  So it's in there good and strong and shouldn't leak.


Boat in the garage to do transom resin
Boat in the garage to do transom resin

 We pulled the boat into the garage to do the resin without being out in the sun and weather.


Stringer marking
Stringer marking

 Marking the stringer again...


Jerry marking for the right cut
Jerry marking for the right cut

 Here Jerry is marking the stringer to make another cut to get it to sit right on the bottom of the boat.


how the floor will sit
how the floor will sit

 How the floor will sit on top of the stringer.


Transom stringer configuration on glastron carlson cv16gt
Transom stringer configuration on glastron carlson cv16gt

 Here you can see how the whole thing goes together.   This picture shows how the stringer sits at the back of the boat and shows that the forward energy being transferred to the rest of the boat vs sitting soley at the back of the boat and the transom.


Dried Resin
Dried Resin

 Here is some left over resin that has hardened.   It's just like plastic.   Not tacky at all after only 12 hours or so.   This is west marine resin and hardener.


Sloping rear stringer modification
Sloping rear stringer modification

 The original stringer setup had a sort of Y setup at the back of the boat.  So the old stringer stopped about 8 inches from the transom.   This means that the strength of the boat, was not really getting anything from the connection to the rest of the boat.   Also that the bilge pump couldn't sit flat on the bottom of the boat by the drain plug.   This new design shows the bottom of the stringer board rises back up to meet up with the transom above the drain hole.   This way, any water at the back of the boat can pool around without the stringer soaking up any water.   While also allowing the stringer hold the transom in place by transfering the energy from the transom into the sub structure of the boat, floor and forward propulsion.


Main Stringer Board
Main Stringer Board

 One of the things that I've never been able to understand about boats is that when they are made many of the wood components inside aren't coated/sealed with resin..   So as you can see in this picture, this one is coated with resin.   My hope is to keep any kind of water from penetrating the stringer on all sides of the board.   The old one was completely rotted from top to bottom.   


Clean interior glastron carlson hull
Clean interior glastron carlson hull

 After all the work, vacuuming, cleaning, scrubbing, cutting, this is the result.   A clean hull ready for new structure to last another 40+ years.


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