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    ...Lighting The Water On Fire Since '04 duramaxxed's Avatar
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    Gelcote Repair...

    So I crawled under my Boat just now, I was just looking at the Hull to see if there were any new scratches or anything goin on under there and OMG, I found a HUGE gash in the Hull. I have no idea at all where it came from, I didn't hit anything at all, and I float the Boat on & off the Trailer when Launching it, so I didn't do it that way. I have no idea what it's from, but it's through the Gelcote, down to the Brown Colored Fiberglass.

    I am completely furious about this, and need to fix it ASAP.

    What do I need?


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    Here's what it looks like


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    Dayum that sucks.

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    Although I would be tempted to repair it myself, I'd probably look into having a professional repair it since the possibility exists that it's not only cosmetic.

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    I'm thinking with some really high quality marine silicone, sealant, and a fiberglass repair kit and some patience you could probably repair that yourself. Really prep it nicely and sand it down and fill it with caulk/silicone and do fiberglass over it and then get marine grade paint and go over it. Probably wouldn't even know that crack was there.

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    That might have happened when loading your boat onto the trailer.

    If you get too close to one side of the trailer the hull will catch the corner end of the trailer.

    I'm in the process of making up some rubber protector bumpers for that area of the trailer so this doesn't happen to mine.

    I would have a pro do that job...

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    I'm gonna give it a go on Monday I think. I've done Body work on Cars before, I have the Know-How, just need the Drive and Confidence.

    I don't think it was the Trailer. Like I said, I get in the the Water and push the Boat on and off when I launch it, and walk it to the little Beach beside the Ramp. The Ramp just falls off too, when the Trailer gets to a certain point, it just falls off the end of the Ramp. When I was floating the Boat off or on, I've never felt it hit the Trailer either. I'm really careful and take my time when I do it.
    Last edited by duramaxxed; 07-25-2008 at 11:10 PM.

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    Welcome to the wonderful world of vessels made of fiberglass and gelcoat...a match made in you-know-where.

    I'd wipe it out with acetone and fill it with some white epoxy...JB Water Weld or Marine Tex ($$$). Water getting into the fiberglass lay up will cause problems later.

    You could go to a lot of effort and pretty it up, or pay someone to do more, but it's the bottom of your hull..kinda like the sole of your shoe.

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    I got some Marine Tex the other day, and tried to patch it up. I got most of it covered, just gotta sand it down smooth, and buff it out, and I should be good to go.

    Just bummed this happened on my new Boat. Only took it out 4 times and this happened.

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    Is it possible this slash was on there when it left the dealer?

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