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Old 11-07-2012, 16:45   #1
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i need some advice on reparing a huge hole

one of the wrost thangs that could ever happen to a boat-owner is hull damage and that is exatly what happend to me the other week i come out to the marine to do the finaly touches on rebuliding the motor and notice that every thing was a disater apaterly that little tropical storm debbie through a fit and tore up everything at the marine...
ok my question is where do i even start reapirng this hole plz see pic
oh by the way whatever repairs i do will have to bein water becuse theres is no way to get it out of the water the marine said it was too heavy for there lift... thanks for any help
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Old 11-07-2012, 16:51   #2
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Re: i need some advice on reparing a huge hole

Where are you located? I would find another marina that could haul the boat.

Do you have any experience with fiberglass repairs?
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Old 11-07-2012, 16:58   #3
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Re: i need some advice on reparing a huge hole

Welcome to CruisersForum, mudynat
Yes, it's possible to rebuild the bow in the water. You just need a dinghy to work from. I patched a hole in the stem this way a few years ago.

You will have to build an internal mold to restore the hull shape and give support to the glass layers. But get more advice from competent people before beginning the repair.

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Re: i need some advice on reparing a huge hole

As Hydra said, yes, but I would recommend you get a copy of The Fiberglass Boat Repair Manual by Allan H. Vaitses to see what it will entail.
I would also look for a marina or a haulout facility that might be able to lift you out because there will be a lot of work that a stationary platform would be much more convenient to work from.
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Re: i need some advice on reparing a huge hole

Cut the ragged edges off evenly and cut a piece of plywood to fill the triangular hole. Shorter boat means lower mooring costs.



(of course I'm kidding. but I don't see a rank beginner tackling this successfully, absent any other information. This sort of situation is why God made insurance)
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I saw this hull repair on a 58' Sea Ray. Nice job, I think...
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Old 11-07-2012, 17:50   #7
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Re: i need some advice on reparing a huge hole

hahahah that last pic just made my day thanks, yeah i difently will try and find The Fiberglass Boat Repair Manual
also i have been toying around with the idea of get 2 piece of stainless steel and welding them togther to form the v shape then fiberglassing over them does any1 see a problem with this at all or is there a cheaper yet still strurdy solution? thanks all
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Re: i need some advice on reparing a huge hole

Get to a yard that can haul your boat and has plenty of fiberglass repair experience. If you cannot afford to have them do the repair work then at least the yard can give you some guidance. It's not a simple thing to do this repair correctly. For one thing all the forestay tension will be going through the repair job.

Your insurance company will not cover this?

Also, some marinas do not allow what is normally "yard work" to be done in their facility.
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Re: i need some advice on reparing a huge hole

"i have been toying around with the idea of get 2 piece of stainless steel and welding them togther to form the v shape then fiberglassing over them does any1 see a problem with this at all or is there a cheaper yet still strurdy solution? thanks all"

Yes, I've seen that done on a Piver trimaran. Getting a good adherence to the rest of the hull would be a small surmountable problem and it would make it a tough battering ram.

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Re: i need some advice on reparing a huge hole

That won't buff out. You could use door skins inside the hull braced with strongbacks (thin strips of wood with another thin strip of ply hot glued to the back in a T fashion) hot glued in place to hold the door skins for a mold. Then grind back at least 18" in steps for layup. Layup outside first with a layer of combo, followed by three our four layers of mat, and do your final shaping outside before pulling the molds. Then grind back a foot or so inside and lay up two layers of combo for strength. Enjoy...
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