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    If first you don't succeed, flip the ski over and try again...

    Last summer, my ski was run up on a canal bank and it ripped the hull to shreds. I did a novice job trying to repair it but it didn't last that long. The hull is leaking water bigtime now after several months.

    So my buddy and I decided to tackle the job today of doing a real hull repair. I pulled the gas tank, cleaned and sanded the inside of the hull and laid 5 layers of glass mat inside. On the outside, we got 2 layers of glass but we have a long way to go to build up the keel.

    It was a stunning day in South Florida today! I also fired up my SeaDoos for the first time since December...time to get in the water again!
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    She likes the bike. But the ski gets her wet!!!! xlint89's Avatar
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    Cool, you're staying with the family?

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    since you got got it there, might want to put on "keel guard" might finish it off nicly. (never run one so dont know about change in handling/tracking) also like west epoxys for major repairs.

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    Damn, you guys are going to town, it looks like nothing in the PWC repair is going to slow you down. LOL

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    Yep staying with the Polaris....runs to well to let it go! Plus it was my first and feels like a good comfortable pair of old well broken in shoes or jeans.

    The hull was crushed where it hit the rocks and it looks like the gas tank was rubbing inside the hull because of it. I'll need to put some foam rubber or something to stop that.

    I was going to do more glass this morning, but it's too cold I think. It's 57 degrees...nice!!!

    It was really good to have a buddy help flipping the ski around. If it wasn't for him, the ski would still be waiting to be repaired.

    Sat by the fire last night...probably the last time until next winter. It was a little windy last night and one of my plastic chairs became fuel for the fire when it was tipped over into the fire by the wind. I was inside when it happened and saw a mini inferno that I wasn't expecting.

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    The temptation was to just glass the outside and hope it lasted longer than the motor. But I kept remembering that the gas tank isn't that hard to pull out so we chose to do it right this time. The crushed area was still saturated with water so we figured if we only fix the outside then the inside of the hull would always be wet.

    We did two sheets of glass mat across the hull and then added 3 more 6 inch wide strips down the keel. On the outside, I have to build the keel up about 3/8" of an inch so some places will have several layers....by the time I'm done, I'll have a tank...next time I slam into the boat ramp, the ramp will crush, not my hull!

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    You can also layer the bottom of the tank with wax paper, mount it to the hull loosely, spray water proof expanding foam under the tank assembly and as it starts to swell, tighten the mounting hardware.
    You can also lay the wax paper on the hull so that it still fills the voids yet will come off as a piece of foam later (if needed).
    If I'm thinking correctly, it should help distribute the weight of the fuel laden tank across that section of the hull.

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    Although from the sounds of it I don't think you're going to have a soft spot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ph2ocraft View Post
    Although from the sounds of it I don't think you're going to have a soft spot.
    The only soft spot left is not in the hull, but in my heart for such a sweet piece of machinery....I've got to stop drinking in the mornings...

    The hull is rock solid now...watch out rocks and boat ramps....

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