Capt. Bill’s Pick:
$19.45 (for a 4-oz. kit); www.boatLIFE.com
As the years have cheerily sped by, I’ve had the opportunity to own a virtual fleet of boats, some made from aluminum, some from fiberglass, and some from wood. It was the latter type of watercraft—if memory serves, she was a feisty little Barnegat Sloop that I blithely collected from an old boatyard in Salem, Massachusetts—that introduced me to a thoroughly wondrous product I’ve been using in some shape or form ever since: “Git”-Rot. The name sounds a little goofy, right? But actually, it’s a serious two-part penetrating epoxy—with tons of DIY cred—that works like gangbusters, restoring strength to deteriorated wood in window frames, interior joinery, caprails, parts of centerboard trunks (for those ex- or semi-sailors out there), and even plywood coring materials that underlie fiberglass skins. The procedure for using “Git”-Rot entails first drilling a bunch of holes with a small drill bit in the area that requires treatment. The next step: You simply mix resin and hardener (in accordance with the directions that are included with each “Git”-Rot kit) inside a special squeeze bottle and squirt what results into and around the holes. The rate of absorption is pretty amazing to watch, at least for first-time users. The watery, warm (or hot, if a sizable batch is mixed) liquid soaks into capillaries of weak and/or dry-rotted wood with considerable speed and vigor. Moreover, after a thorough cure (which usually takes from 12 to 14 hours), you can sand, tap, drill, or paint the treated area with conventional paint products. Go this route, even if you’re dealing with a badly damaged spot, and you’re likely to produce a repair that looks as good as new. And by the way, not only have I used “Git”-Rot on lots of marinized wood over the years, I’ve also used it to repair wooden doors and windows around the ol’ ranchero. Is “Git”-Rot a genuinely useful product that’s been around for a long, long time? And generated scads of satisfied customers? Oh yeah!