I am getting ready to do a couple of fiberglass
jobs on my 1976 Pearson
with my father. It's the first time I've done anything like this below the waterline and I want to get the materials right. My father has lots of experience with fiberglass
but most of it was not boat
related, while my own experience is limited.
The first job is just to replace two unused thru-hulls. (Although I may end up getting a new replacing the speed sensor and just fiberglass over one). I have Don Casey's book and I found some good stuff online, but I'm still at a loss for exactly what to buy. Can anyone recommend a good combination of materials for a good strong patch?
The second job is much trickier as well as harder to explain. At the beginning of last year I clipped a rock in Long Island Sound
a jolted the keel
. (sigh) I lucked out in general; the hull
is undamaged and the keel bolts
still solid, but I think that one thing I did do was crush the ribs slightly where they meet the inside of the hull
. It's just barely visible, but you can feel how the perpendicular panel of fiberglass under the sink bench is a little soft now where it meets the hull. The guys at my marina looked at it and they insist it is not a big deal, but I would like to reinforce it to prevent any movement of the hull. I had little more movement of the keel-hull joint in the year since the impact and I think this could be the reason.
Can anyone advise me on this type of reinforcement? Will it be possible to reinforce the inside angle where the two panels
meet? Can I put a shim in there to add strength to the softened rib
Any and all advice
you have is very much appreciated,