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specktrout posted 05-16-2002 11:35 AM ET (US)   Profile for specktrout   Send Email to specktrout  
On a recent fishing trip an unexpected wave shoved my montauk against the corner of an oil rig. It was not a hard hit and at first glance there were some minor scratches in the gell-coat which appeared to be, however unfortunate, just cosmetic. I filled them with gell-coat and after buffing, except for a very slight discrepancy in tan color between the old and new gellcoat, everything looked okay. After cleaning the boat after my last trip, I noted a few beads of water on the hull in that area. Close inspection revealed that some small harline cracks had opened at the site of the repaired impact. This had made me concerned that the fiberglass underneath the gellcoat may have been damaged. If you push on that area with your thumb, there is no give. Only a few drops of water formed on the surface and once these were wiped away, no more developed. I would like any opinions on the best way to fix this area. I am thinking about drilling a small hole ( about 1/8 inch) in the middle of each crack through the fiberglass to the foam underneath and then injecting a marine epoxy with a syringe. Then redrill the hole to the depth of the gel-coat, fill with gell-coat for a watertight seal and buff. I would also v-out the lengh of the crack to either side of the drill hole and fill with gell-coat. Any opinions about this proposed repair. Is it overkill? The area is quite small- about 2 x 2 inches and I just don't want this eventually becoming a serious problem. I realise this is a long post , but thank you for advice.

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