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rollcast423 posted 08-31-2001 12:08 AM ET (US)   Profile for rollcast423   Send Email to rollcast423  
I am relatively a new member and would like to thank everyone here on their advice.Seems to me the most prominant question for new members is concerning soft spots and water damage in old hulls.I have poured through the archives on this site and there does not appear to be any clear-cut guidelines to repairing this relatively common occurance?From my investigating i have come up with a step by step guide to repair these water damaged areas if i am correct.

A)Locate and assess the size of soft spots and/or water damaged areas.

B)Remove gel coat fiberglass and damaged foam (wet and or crushed)from area.Also grind gelcoat and glass at a bevel approximately 1/2" past the repair area to allow reapplication of glass and gelcoat.

C)Apply B/W fabricated foam blocks to area (which can be shaved and cut to match void)and secure with tooth pics.

D)Apply epoxy,Glass and finally gelcoat!?

E)Sand,Buff,polish,wax,etc......


This is just my accumulation of facts derived from the archives on this site .I am thinking since this is such a widespread problem maybe someone can write a permanent post for newcomers trying to tackle this problem. my 2 cents
Don't ever give up
Rollcast423

Chris J posted 08-31-2001 11:43 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chris J  Send Email to Chris J     
I don't know about cutting things up like that. Most of the advice I've seen recommends drilling a few small holes in the affected area and letting it drain naturally over an extended period, then patching the holes. I guess it depends on the severity of the problem. If the foam is mushy I suppose cutting it out is the only option. I'm not sure that a little water in the hull is such a serious problem, anyway.

The big thing is finding out how the water got in and fixing that, so it doesn't get worse.

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