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newbee posted 07-24-2003 09:46 AM ET (US)   Profile for newbee   Send Email to newbee  
would like some views about using marine-tex to repair some small keel chips, etc. on my montauk. thanks.
Bigshot posted 07-24-2003 10:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
you can but I would rather use SPectrum gel-coat patch. unless your bottom is painted. Marine-tex is a biotch to sand and messy to apply.
David Jenkins posted 07-24-2003 09:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Jenkins  Send Email to David Jenkins     
Five minutes after you apply the Marine Tex, dip your hand in water and smooth out the repairs with your hand. This will greatly reduce (and sometimes even eliminate) the need for sanding.
JOHN W MAYO posted 07-25-2003 08:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for JOHN W MAYO  Send Email to JOHN W MAYO     
I have use it for the exact same thing thing. Works good for me. Use a measureing spoons from the kitchen to get mixture correct,(don't use again in kitchen) 1 to 5 ratio.
The use of water and a moist rag works well as previous stated. It make take several applications to build up to how you want it. Try not to use to much excess........., it is h... to sand a large amount off after it fully cures.
You may actually experiment on something other than you Whaler to get an idea how to use it for your needs.
Be sure to follow directions and rought sand the area to cover.
JOHN W MAYO posted 07-25-2003 09:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for JOHN W MAYO  Send Email to JOHN W MAYO     
Bigshot, could you elaborate on the use of your product mention,SPectrum gel-coat patch. I have not used it and would like to know more about it. I am no expert in this boat repair, learning and have just seen what works well for me.
newbee posted 07-25-2003 10:26 AM ET (US)     Profile for newbee  Send Email to newbee     
thanks for the input, everyone. i have applied the marine-tex to the boat and will now have to sand it. if the sanding is as hard as you say i guess i will learn a valuable lesson. wanted to seal up the areas, though. am now considering applying a keel guard. looked at one at boaters world, 109.00, i think. are these hard to appy and do they fit the montauk keel? thanks again to everyone.
jim_usa posted 07-26-2003 09:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for jim_usa  Send Email to jim_usa     
Where do you use your boat newbee?

I'm wondering how you think you got those chips in the keel...


newbee posted 07-26-2003 09:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for newbee  Send Email to newbee     
i will be using the boat around the coastal waters off charleston, sc. i am in the final stage of getting her rigged for fishing. i bought the boat from a friend who bought new in 1998 and used very little, only to ski, etc. with family. boat looks like new other than the keel chips and one small ding in the port side up high that he got coming in to a dock too fast. the keel chips probably got there from beaching the boat, probably too close to oyster beds. could have been from launching or retrieving though. i'm considering a keel guard. looked at one from boaters world, $109. not sure if it would fit my keel. any input on this would be appreciated. thanks.
jim_usa posted 07-26-2003 05:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for jim_usa  Send Email to jim_usa     
newbee, I haven't done a keel gaurd before, but the whaler hulls would seem to be a problem for it. That stepping (if your hull has it) would seem to interfere with adhesion.
newbee posted 07-28-2003 10:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for newbee  Send Email to newbee     
thanks, jim. i kind of had the same feeling when i looked at the one at boaters world. it seemed much wider than i had anticipated. a friend of mine who is a charter fishing captain first told me about the keel guards but what he described was something like a narrow aluminum strip that only screwed into the forward part of the keel. of course, i could have totally misunderstood him. thanks again. don't think i'll drop a hundred to find out.

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