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Old 07-06-2013, 14:56   #1
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Repair underwater damage - how soon?

We have had a ground contact with our fiber glass catamaran. One skeg has broken away. How soon should such a damage get repaired? When does the material start suffering substantially without the gelcoat?
Are 10 days more in the water acceptable?
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Old 07-06-2013, 15:11   #2
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Re: Repair underwater damage - how soon?

Thats pretty funny, you don't seem to care about your missing skeg. You could go quite some time before you have any problems with you hull.
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Old 07-06-2013, 15:15   #3
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Re: Repair underwater damage - how soon?

as long as the hull is not leaking, i would not worry too much.
the damage will not absorb sea water for a long period.......months,once out any delaminated glass will have to be ground back substantially then repaired with epoxy
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Thats pretty funny, you don't seem to care about your missing skeg. You could go quite some time before you have any problems with you hull.
Well, we got the skeg out of the water :-)
it just needs to get glued onto the hull again.
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Old 07-06-2013, 15:19   #5
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the damage will not absorb sea water for a long period.......months,
Great - I had some osmosis horror in mind ;-)
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Old 07-06-2013, 15:38   #6
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Always fix the problem as soon as it happened. Mauritz
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Old 07-06-2013, 23:26   #7
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Always fix the problem as soon as it happened. Mauritz
Well, the point is if it is very disadvantageous if I wait until we reach a shipyard which has offerings which suit me. This can take 2 weeks or so.
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Re: Repair underwater damage - how soon?

Is the hull solid or cored below the waterline? If its cored you want it out of the water yesterday!
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Is the hull solid or cored below the waterline?
All solid!
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