How To Repair A Crack In A Fiberglass Boat

Thom W. Conroy By Thom W. Conroy, 8th Dec 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/_yz99brw/
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A crack in a fiberglass boat will only worsen if left alone.

Take the time to do a good repair

Eventually all owners of fiberglass boats will run into an issue with cracks, and in most instances to repair a crack in a fiberglass boat is a relatively simple task that requires no real skill other than an eye for detail. The majority of the time a crack in a fiberglass boat is due to the normal stresses connected with use. A boat owner needs to recognize that their fiberglass boat is under constant pressure while in the water and occasionally small cracks will appear that need tended to. If caught early enough and repaired properly a crack in a fiberglass boat can be repaired long before water leaks become a problem, or before small cracks that are easy to fix become large ones that require extensive repairs.

The first step to repair a crack in a fiberglass boat is to assess the extent of the damage before beginning any repairs. A small crack or a series of small cracks in a fiberglass boat can be repaired easily by the boat's owner, while an extremely large crack that has broken the fiberglass in two pieces will probably require the skill of a marine professional. Be honest in your assessment of both the cracks and your skills - two miles from shore while on the water is the wrong time to realize you may have bitten off more than you can chew.

The basic tools and materials needed to repair a crack in a fiberglass boat are a small electric sander, some fine sandpaper and a marine fiberglass repair kit that is easily obtainable for a moderate price. The repair kit should come with complete instructions for use that need to be followed closely for a good repair job.

To repair a crack in a fiberglass boat first sand the area surrounding the crack until you have removed the sealer or enamel on the boat's surface. Using the point of a thin nail (a finishing nail works great) run the point of the nail back and forth across the crack a few times to make a uniform surface and then clean it with a rag. Fill the crack with a liberal amount of epoxy resin from your repair kit and allow it to dry thoroughly before proceeding. When dry, sand the area of repair to a smooth finish using fine sandpaper, and wipe it clean of dust with a wet rag. You can complete the repair to a crack in a fiberglass boat by applying sealer or gel coat enamel and your fiberglass boat should look as good as new again.

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Boat, Boating, Fiberglass, Hobby, Outdoors, Recreation, Repairs

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author avatar Denise O
20th Jan 2011 (#)

I don't have a boat if I ever get one I will now know where too go to fix it.
Thank you for sharing.:)

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author avatar Jackson
2nd Sep 2011 (#)

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author avatar Jackson
11th Sep 2011 (#)

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