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thomasfxlt posted 11-12-2005 08:34 PM ET (US)   Profile for thomasfxlt   Send Email to thomasfxlt  
So Hurricane Wilma would have claimed my boat had it not been for extra Sunday morning preparations at the seawall. I had the boat well secured at the dock, but decided at the last moment to be safe and find a way to tie it off across the canal as well. Good thing. The most significant surge anyone can remember bay side down here had the water 4 feet up over the canal deck and it stayed there for about 5 hours. We had installed tall aluminum dock bumpers a year ago and they did a nice job during Katrina and Rita, but the wind and high water was too much for one of them and it broke away from the concrete it was anchored to and doubled over. Had it not been for the ropes across the canal the boat would have dry docked itself in the yard. As it was, however, the boat sustained no hull damage and in fact, only one ding that I can find. Amazing really.

So anyway, on the fiberglass surround about the helm (on the walkaround side) something hit the glass/gel. I've got a small (quarter size) ding. It's a bit odd because it seems there was a thin layer of gelcoat, then a bit of a void and behind that is some black material. The thickness of the material that cracked is about a millimeter. Doesn't seemed to be immediately backed by anything. Any ideas on how I should repair? I was inclined to put some white marine goop on it temporarily, but I hesitated.

Thanks in advance.

fno posted 11-13-2005 03:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for fno  Send Email to fno     
Sounds like you just needm to repair the gel coat. Don't put anything else on the spot. It'll just make more work for you.

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