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esy posted 07-09-2001 10:53 PM ET (US)   Profile for esy   Send Email to esy  
I just bought a 1982 Outrage 20, and during my inaugaral run managed to catch the corner of a dock exactly where the vent from the fuel tank extended from the hull. It pivoted to the stern and went through the hull. After a lot of embarrassment and some choice words, I'm left wondering about how exactly to go about fixing it. I have some fiberglassing experience and would really like to do it myself. The hole is about an inch long and maybe a half inch wide, the width of the vent. Any help out there? Thanks.
lhg posted 07-11-2001 08:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
My recommendations would be to remove the whole vent assembly, buying new parts if necessary. Completely repair the whole area using BW's hull repair instructions, then re-drill the vent holes as if installing in a new hull. You may have to add in some carved foam blocks underneath the skin. It will probably take one of your summer weekends to do the job!
Tom W Clark posted 07-11-2001 10:13 PM ET (US)     Profile for Tom W Clark  Send Email to Tom W Clark     
I wholeheartedly agree with lhg's advice. Do it right and be done with it.

Larry, could you share your BW hull repair instructions with me, either via email or US Postal? I would love to add them to my collection.

tarbaby posted 07-11-2001 10:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for tarbaby  Send Email to tarbaby     
I would do the repair and then put a stainless clamshell vent over the vent with the opening facing down and to the stern. This will cover your patch, keep water out of the vent and protect the vent in the future. Shay
esy posted 07-20-2001 08:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for esy  Send Email to esy     
Thanks for all the help guys, and Larry thanks for offering up the repair instructions. I've sent you my mail address off line.


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