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sheeprides

Missing Gelcoat...

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sheeprides

So, two nights ago I'm in the garage moving some stuff around and I stop to admire my boat sitting there. As I'm looking at it I notice some weeds from the lake caught around the prop shaft and I decide to climb under the boat and cut 'em off. While I'm under there I notice a small chunk of gelcoat missing through one of the strakes! Shocking.gif Not a big chunk, maybe an inch and a half long by a centimeter wide but damn how long's that been there? Now I start racking my brain...the boat's a year old...I KNOW I've never hit anything and I can't remember ever hearing a thump from under the hull indicating that I had. The impact from an object in the water would have definitely made a noise judging by the damage. Could it have happened on the freeway towing the boat to the lake? Anyway, I called the local gelcoat repair guy and he tells me $100-$200 and I'll never know it was there. Anyone ever had this kind of damage and should I be concerned about the integrity of the fix?

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reggie

I would not be to concerned with this chip.....it won't have any issue on integrity of the boat performance...I had something similar...90 bucks and it looked great!

Good luck,

Reggie

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John I.

Probably happened while towing. My boat has several small gelcoat nicks and the trailer has too many to count, so things take a beating back there.

It doesn't take a lot of skill to repair gelcoat ( I should know, I've done some myself.) so I'm sure once repaired it'll look like new.

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greenhead

For the money, I would get it fixed. I've worked in the fiberglass bus. for about 5 yrs now - both pultrusion and handlayup. While the glass appears to be homogeneous, it will wick over a period of time and start to absorb water. You will start with fiberbloom and end up with delamination. Just my $.02

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andyb

Nice. Think I'll put my replacement programme in place for a new boat in 2010.

The zip-off skirt on the front of my road cover deflects almost all of the stones off the back wheels of the tow rig. I still can't believe the flimsiness of the Overton type covers, nor going commando with the boat on the open road.

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