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specktrout posted 10-02-2002 10:44 PM ET (US)   Profile for specktrout   Send Email to specktrout  
Last year an unexpected wave pushed my montauk into a piling and cracked the hull on the back right side about 2 inches above the lower vertical edge. The cracks were circular in about a 2 inch area. I had previously taken a knife and made a v-shaped groove over the small cracks there and filled and finished with gelcoat. After cleaning up from a trip the other day, I noticed a few drops of water at the site of the repair and by the next day, there was a small amount of salt crusting around the area so I know there is some water intrusion into the hull. Does anyone know of a fiberglass repair company that has any experience in repairing the unique fiberglass-foam whaler hulls here in Texas. I am looking in the Houston, San Antonio, Corpus Christi area. I would be willing to drive to ensure that it is fixed properly by someone who knows what they are doing. Thanks for any information-
bsmotril posted 10-03-2002 11:38 AM ET (US)     Profile for bsmotril  Send Email to bsmotril     
I have had good luck with Sail and Ski in Austin. They are a Whaler dealer and do excellent fiberglass work, bar none. They also have a dealership in San Antonio, but I cannot speak for the quality of the glass work there as I have not used that site. There is also a shop i Port O'Connor that frequently repairs Whalers. He is on the left side of hwy 185, the first street on your left after you pass the community center coming into town. The street is Lewis Lane and he is on the NE corner of Lewis Lane and Hwy 185. I can't think of the name though.
dgp posted 10-06-2002 07:09 PM ET (US)     Profile for dgp  Send Email to dgp     
Check with Meeks Marine (Boston Whaler dealer) or Gulf Coast Composites both in Kemah (Clear Lake).
SSCH posted 10-07-2002 07:37 PM ET (US)     Profile for SSCH  Send Email to SSCH     
For a repair like this Meek's will send you to Joe Orlando just down the road behind his Kemah store. There is no one better than Joe for this type of work. I've seen boats that Joe has repaired and seen repairs in progress in his shop. You'll need to let him work on the rest of the hull to bring it up to the standards he uses for the repair!

For those of you not in or around Houston, these places are about 30 miles southeast of downtown.

vdbgroup posted 10-11-2002 08:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for vdbgroup  Send Email to vdbgroup     
Joe Orlando in Kemah, Orlando's Fiberglass, is very good at repairing catastrophic damage to Montauks. He has revived many that have been damaged by concrete.

Also, in the Kemah-Dickinson area is Angel Arciniega, who is Meeks Marine fiberglass expert. He also refurbs and sells Whalers so he is very skilled.

To reach, either of these contact Meeks Marine.

My Montauk is being repaired by Angel now for a chip from a dock encounter.

Good luck.

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