Terrible Day... Fiberglass Advice needed

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  1. whammy

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    Took the whaler out today out of Long Beach and was having a great day until I hit something on the bottom of the boat which later I found out took a chunk out of my fiberglass. Pissed off and not happy but I need to get it fixed. Any advice on how hard this is to fix (no experience with fiberglass or gel coat) or does anyone know any professionals who are fair priced who could help me out with this? Any advice is welcomed, I know a lot of you guys have a lot of experience with this kind of stuff. The boat is a boston whaler 17' outrage.

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  2. karlow

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    We need better pics. You should be asking this question on a Whaler site.
    It's not hard to work on glass boats even Whalers for small stuff.You will grind off the gel coat, and repair with epoxy and glass.
     
  3. MYNomad

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    Since that is a cored hull, you should probably have it done professionally. But if you want to do it yourself, get it nice and dry, grind back the fiberglass until you get to clean, non-fractured glass. Same thing with the foam core. Then it is a matter of putting some closed-cell foam where the foam used to be, and putting several layers of glass (with epoxy) on to of that. Really not something you want to do as your first project. I whacked something with my dinghy and had the same problem. I fixed it myself. It is functional, but looks pretty ghetto.
     
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    Is that water leaking out of the hull? While your figuring out what to do I would leave it bow down as much as possible.
     
  5. whammy

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    water is not leaking from the damaged area, we were washing the boat down when i took the pic
     
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    appreciate the advice, do you guys know anyone who can professionally fix this fiberglass? Don't want this to be my first project as well as this boat is something that I plan to keep and use for a long time
     
  7. jaw1970

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    I highly recommend Performance Fiberglass in La Habra. Used them twice and will always use them.

    pfrepair.com
     
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    I know a guy pm me your number Chris he does this for a living good work good pricing
     
  11. Fishbones

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    It would be a tough learning curve to start learning fiberglass repair when you are working on something from the bottom. If it was on the deck or maybe on the side I would say go for it.
     
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    If you end up doing it yourself dont use epoxy if the hull is laminated with polyester or vinylester.I dont know why people keep suggesting epoxy on poly/vinylester hulls.
     
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    From what I understand and recall, epoxy will bond to poly- or vinyl- esters, but not vice versa. Epoxy is kind of like O-type blood -- it is the universal donor, but can't take the other types. And epoxy is stronger and more flexible, but considerably more expensive. The problem with epoxy is that it is not UV resistant (and you can't put a cheaper resin on top of it).
     
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    Epoxy does make the best bond...... Followed by Vinylester
     
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    ShadBurke I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Looks like impact putting vessel back onto trailer, hitting support cross bar on trailer.

    Steve Keene. Boston Whaler and Grady White authorized repair rep (warranty etc). This is who Whaler uses when warranty issues come up and they pay. Might need to look in local Marine directory for his number.

    Also Basin Marine in Newport Beach can fix it.

    Either way, hold onto wallet. The bright side is bottom paint so the need to match gelcoat perfectly isnt needed. Insurance?
     
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    steve keene is the best ! he fixed my whalers 4' x 2' hole. he was 1/3 the price of the dirtbag I originally brought it to,t had it for a month , and didn't know how to fix it. I brought it up to steve, and in less than a week, it was tip top. steve is the whaler guru. it's a cored hull , if the foam is crushed, it might have to be replaced. it's not a job for the inexperienced.
     
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    here's steve's number 714.390.8361
     
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    I used Steve for my whaler work too and he is good. I need to call him again as I had a little mishap in Mexico that needs attention. Good guy.
     
  19. whammy

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    Thanks guys, lots of good advice here.
     
  20. 40Grit

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    We would be glad to fix it here at Finco, $300.00 possibly less. estimating from photo is always a challenge. if the foam is wet we will use a heater to dry the wet stuff, if its really saturated we will re foam the area,
    714 425 9788
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