View Full Version : It's the Little things (A GP 14 Story)

Art Haberland
05-31-2018, 05:57 PM
Sometimes it feels like I am trying to eat an elephant and making no discernible
headway and suddenly I realize that I have finally made noticeable progress, one
bite at a time.

I realized that today with Spark, my GP-14. I spent the past couple
of days working on the tiller. While not in bad shape, it did need to be
stripped of varnish and all the worn out parts removed. This included the hiking
stick on it's homemade wobbly "nut and bolt" joint between it and the tiller. I
will also make honourable mention of the guide tube and hook for holding the
rudder blade down. All went into the bin.

Because I needed to change the
mounting holes for many things, I drilled out all the old holes to a larger size
and with a bit of epoxy, hammered some oak dowels into the holes.


Art Haberland
05-31-2018, 05:58 PM
A bit of epoxy makes everything better!


Art Haberland
05-31-2018, 05:59 PM
Then I cut them off flush before sanding everything smooth. I don't know what kind of wood the tiller is, but I am sure that the oak dowel will work nicely to strengthen it.


Art Haberland
05-31-2018, 06:00 PM
And finally the part that made me realize that I am actually making progress. A coat of Interlux Schooner Varnish. Only the first coat, I can't wait to see how it looks after another 5 or 6


Art Haberland
05-31-2018, 06:04 PM
And because the tiller needs a hiking stick on a 14 foot dinghy. A little something from Jim Young Sailing. I am not yet sold on the black "E-Glass" stick, I might just use the universal and another oak dowel to make it look more authentic.


And underneath it all, a Bronze Tube Jam cleat to hold the bungee tight that keeps the rudder blade down.


Once I get all the varnish done and the parts assembled, I will take the rudder itself apart for repair and painting. The Blade has a few nicks out of it and a few repairs that warrant it getting painted over varnish. At least the Cheeks are still in great shape and can be finished nice and bright!

05-31-2018, 09:45 PM
I had a GP 14, great boat. Mine was really early, double digits, but I can't remember the number.