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    Gash in FZR hull?

    I just installed my new R&D intake grate when I found a 3" gash/ large scratch in the right rear of the hull on my 2012 FZR with 6hrs on it. It is deep enough that I can see fiberglass, but the fiberglass itself seems to be unharmed. My question is what should I do about it or should I just leave it alone? I don't know how this happened, I know for a fact that I have never hit anything in the water that could have caused this. Any suggestions?


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    marinetex, thats what i've used on my vxs, believe me it doesn't take much to scratch or gouge the bottom of the hull on these new skis...

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    Thanks for the info. I didn't know if the Nano hull needed something special to fix it thanks.

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    someone else my have a better idea, but its working on my hull

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    About 12 hours on my 2012 VXS. Its only been in Lake Tahoe twice and Stampede reservoir near Truckee, CA once to break it in. Haven't driven it up on a beach, but i have stopped in about 3 feet of water, gotten out and lifted the nose up onto the sand so it wouldn't float away while i was taking a .... well ... you get the idea. Checked the bottom on Saturday after getting it home from Tahoe and found a couple of gouges in the bottom, good sized ding in the front left-hand side of the nose below the waterline and what looks like the center of the keel abraded down to the glass under the center of the hull. WTF, never 'beached' it and as far as i know i have never run anything over. Sunday i spent sanding the spots down and used West Systems exopy to fair and fill the gouges. Used their micro-fiber additive to thicken it slightly for the bigger gouge. The stuff has cured extremely well now, so will be spending the upcoming Saturday wet sanding it smooth.

    I don't know if the OEM coating is gel coat, i doubt it .... other boats that i have owned that were fibreglass were tough as hell ... this one is not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deacon View Post
    About 12 hours on my 2012 VXS. Its only been in Lake Tahoe twice and Stampede reservoir near Truckee, CA once to break it in. Haven't driven it up on a beach, but i have stopped in about 3 feet of water, gotten out and lifted the nose up onto the sand so it wouldn't float away while i was taking a .... well ... you get the idea. Checked the bottom on Saturday after getting it home from Tahoe and found a couple of gouges in the bottom, good sized ding in the front left-hand side of the nose below the waterline and what looks like the center of the keel abraded down to the glass under the center of the hull. WTF, never 'beached' it and as far as i know i have never run anything over. Sunday i spent sanding the spots down and used West Systems exopy to fair and fill the gouges. Used their micro-fiber additive to thicken it slightly for the bigger gouge. The stuff has cured extremely well now, so will be spending the upcoming Saturday wet sanding it smooth.

    I don't know if the OEM coating is gel coat, i doubt it .... other boats that i have owned that were fibreglass were tough as hell ... this one is not.
    How did this hold up for you?

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    Best is west system epoxy and 406 filler! I have done extensive work on the bottom of mine...
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    Use 406 and 105 resin with 205 hardener...since your ski is new, do a great job in surface preparation and use black pigment in the epoxy resin as for small areas you wont need to paint it...

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