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The Chesapeake Explorer posted 07-07-2002 12:07 AM ET (US)   Profile for The Chesapeake Explorer   Send Email to The Chesapeake Explorer  
I have a 87 17ft Montauk. I bought her new in 1989 and this is the 14th season. The engine has 1500 hrs and I have trailered this boat many thousands of miles.My trailer is a EZ Loader with bunks. The bunk supports got bad and the bunks have little weight on them. As a result the center roller has been carrying a lot of weight. Today after rough windy Chesapeake Bay crossing I took a good look under the hull. I saw a bad spot under the center roller and backed the boat back a bit. The gel coat was cracked off in a spot about the size of a a half dollar There is a discernable bump in the hull from roller pressure about 1/8 inch deep and 3 inches by 6 inches. There was a small crack into the glass hull about a inch lock not wide but small, There is some water in the hull. The boat is kept on the trailer. My plan for a repair is 1.drill a small 1/8 inch hole at each end of the crack leveling the boat and moving it on the trailer so there is no pressure at this point. 2. replacing the bunks and setting them to hold more of he boat weight. 3. sanding the area out to about 8 inches by 4 inches down to the glass thru the gell coat. 4.injecting resin into the drilled hole. 5. placing 3 successfully larger thin layers of glass on the area.6. Painting on new gel coat on the new glass mat.7. Bottom painting the spot and 8. Building a new member with aroller and placing it on the trailer to hold the boat weight at a spot about 12 inches away plus repositioning the boat front stop by about 5 inches to put the pressure on a different place on the boat. Any suggestions would be helpfull!
Gep posted 07-07-2002 03:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for Gep  Send Email to Gep     
I was wondering. How do you inject resin or epoxy into a hole on the bottom of a boat?
The Chesapeake Explorer posted 07-07-2002 08:20 PM ET (US)     Profile for The Chesapeake Explorer  Send Email to The Chesapeake Explorer     
With a Monoject syringe thru a small 1/8 drilled hole. Stick the end up in the hole inject the resin and put a plug in the hole. The resin should weep back out thur the small crack sealing it. Then I will grind and glass the area. I could use my old turkey cajan season needle injector but its a one time deal with resin. I may go that route as the thing can hold 2 oz of resin and I will pitch it afterward.

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