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mobilecascade
10-02-2012, 05:48 PM
Hey everyone... First time poster, LONG time lurker...

Took the kids out with another family and was loading the boat. Buddy backed the trailer... seemed kinda deep, but the ramp was unfamilar and steep. (Should've been first clue)

As I was looking back to be sure the stern didn't get past the uprights (As a friend did and hooked his prop on the crossmember years back) I felt a thump on the bow... Looked up and saw my buddy have that "look".... :(

Bow came up under the boat buddy latch and took a hit..... Surprising at such a slow speed, but I guess the planets and moons were aligned that evening...

Had a guy look at it...said ~$900. Ouch! That's not in our family budget at this time.... So of course I'll be doing it myself...

Have done body work and paint on cars, but boats n gel coat is a new arena...

Given the experience here, have any suggestions?

MUCHO appreciated....

mikeg205
10-02-2012, 06:09 PM
Doesn't look too bad... biggest PITA will be the rub rail... not difficult just a pain... Here's the link to the gel coat to match it. Can't tell in the picture is any of the glass damaged?

mobilecascade
10-02-2012, 06:14 PM
Rub rail is a job I'm understanding?

Unfortunately the glass has a 1/4" wide x 1-1/2" long gash... Thinking maybe a few layers of glass mat from behind, then epoxy and gel coat? or would gel coat fill it once it's got some backer?

mikeg205
10-02-2012, 06:29 PM
Rub rail is a job I'm understanding?

Unfortunately the glass has a 1/4" wide x 1-1/2" long gash... Thinking maybe a few layers of glass mat from behind, then epoxy and gel coat? or would gel coat fill it once it's got some backer?

Yes, remove the black rub rail insert and backer...you'll have to start at the stern...use a heat gun to warm it up and pull out the insert and save it. Then remove the backer so you get at all the damage..

sorry to see it....

Skipper
10-02-2012, 06:36 PM
You will need to remove the rub rail. Then grind away around the damaged areas topside and under the damaged area also. Repair the fiberglass first. I suggest using epoxy resin. Bevel the edges of the repair area ensuring that the repair is uniform in depth. Then do the gelcote repair. Once you apply gelcote use only wet sanding 400, 600, 800, 1000, 1500, and 2000. Then buff it out with a good product like 3M Finesse-it III. Replace the rub rail. enjoy.

Covi
10-02-2012, 07:02 PM
A good fiberglass shop should be able to do wonders for you. I had a safe "t" top mounted on an old boat that I removed for more room (best move I have ever made) anyway it left 6 mounting hole that I had fiberglass and matched. When done you could never, never, ever tell that it was done. It cost me a pretty penny but so worth it in the end.

I feel your pain but it will "buff" out!

mobilecascade
10-02-2012, 08:45 PM
Doesn't look too bad... biggest PITA will be the rub rail... not difficult just a pain... Here's the link to the gel coat to match it. Can't tell in the picture is any of the glass damaged?

By chance do you have that gel coat link? Thanks again for all the pointers...

mikeg205
10-02-2012, 08:49 PM
doh!!!

sorry

http://www.spectrumcolor.com/Index.aspx?key=cat