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Old 03-30-2012, 04:14 PM
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boatbuddy is crap (gel coat repair)

ill just start by saying my boatbuddy is a hunk of junk. besides it always leaving rubber and marks on my keel area this time it decided to break and the pin put some nice scratches in my gelcoat. im not starting this to put any negative feedback to anyone but ill let you know my story. i called a place local to me called pro-fiberglass in livermore CA. told him about the damage then ended up sending him pics. he told me $400 to repair i said ok well whats the next step? he said give me the vin # to verify the right color so i did that and waited like 4 days for a call back. never got a call back so i called and he said oh yea thats a mastercraft and the color only comes in a quart so ill have to charge you $650 i was like um no thanks. so i went online and searched gel coat repairs watched a few vids on youtube and found this **** called spectrum color on iboats.com cost me $30 for a little bottle and the catalyst and went to town. its a very easy process and it cost me about $50 total and maybe a total of 3 hours. heres the pics.





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so there you go not the best pics in the world but you get the point. and i seen a thread about a guy worried about his new x2 not fitting in his garage and all these crazy ideas heres a pic for you!!

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Old 03-30-2012, 04:19 PM
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Man that bites! I have had good luck with mine since '01, and I love it. It does leave grey markings on the gel, but the marks have always come right off when washing it.
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Old 03-30-2012, 04:32 PM
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nice job....you have lot's of room left...not...
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Old 03-30-2012, 05:51 PM
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Just courious, how did you manage to damage the aft side of the bow eye? Did the boat overshoot the boat buddy? Judging from the damage, that looks like metal came into contact with the gel. That totally sucks, but i have never had any issues (knock on wood) with mine.
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Old 03-30-2012, 05:57 PM
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I always have powered my boats on the trailer this is the first time I have had a boat buddy and it basically The bow eye hit the part that releases the pin somehow that broke and the eye went through the rubber allowing the boat to go too far up the trailer and some exposed metal tore it up. I have tried to "walk" the boat up the trailer before and couldn't do it I'm actually interested to hear how people on here put there pickle forks on the trailer
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Old 03-30-2012, 06:48 PM
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Sounds like the trailer was a bit too deep in the water. That is usually when damage happens at the bow...on the hull when too shalllow. I don't motor up... I get close and wench her up...been doing that for 30 years and never had an issue in any boat. Unfortunately most of the boat ramps I use have strong current and motoring up hard would require a fast load....to fast for my comfort.
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Old 03-30-2012, 06:58 PM
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Beautiful boat, and great job! Looks like it matched well too!
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Old 03-30-2012, 07:13 PM
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Mine never did that to my boat, but it left nasty black marks. Agreed on the quality of the rubber part.
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Old 03-30-2012, 08:04 PM
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Nice job! I think I will look at this to repair the rear spoiler on my wife's camaro. Some how a rock the size of a golf ball took a small chunk out of the leading edge. Body shop wants 600+to fix.
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Old 03-30-2012, 08:54 PM
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I usually have the top of the fenders sticking out of the water just a little bit then it's fine. Where's ur sweet spot to put the boat on manually?
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