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FISHNFF posted 08-27-2002 11:18 PM ET (US)   Profile for FISHNFF   Send Email to FISHNFF  
I remember reading a thread about the "defective" anchor hatches on some Whalers. I just checked with the dealer and got the " i'm sorry, but the factory said only 1 year coverage." Fine. A new one would be $178 for my 1998 Alert 17. For that, I will try a fix with a little help.

The top/outside part of the hatch is one piece gelcoat in the rough configuration of a clam shell. The bottom/inside part is flat. Being a commercial it is gray gelcoat. There is a joining seam in beige gelcoat that is cracking and allowing the pieces to separate with the help of moisture. Help! Do I just route the cracking area out and fill it with gelcoat or MarineTex? The dealer advised resin and glass around the gap to seal it. What do you think is the best way?


jimh posted 08-28-2002 07:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
If the repair area is visible, I do not recommend leaving epoxy as the top coat. The color of the epoxy (even if tinted to match) will shift markedly with UV exposure, getting more yellow with time.

I would make repairs with epoxy, then top coat with tinted gelcoat.

I was just looking at some small holes I repair on my 15-Sport about three years ago. The ones finished off with gelcoat were still an excellent match. Holes that I left with epoxy as the topcoat had shifted in color and were very noticeable.

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