Originally Posted by Hightower
Sitting on my desk top I have a Plastic Padding Gelcoat Filler, this is the one that you use to repair external gel-coat damage. I think the one you have is more for internal/above waterline damage.
I'm sure you can get some "real" gel coat. Are there no boat yards out there? Anyone do any fibreglassing in the Falklands?
As for the resin you've put on, I could be wrong, but.....If there are no strands of fibreglass sticking though the layer of resin you've put on I think this could be OK. Osmosis only happens when the water wicks it's way up the fibreglass strands and into the hull.
Please correct me if I'm wrong.
Yeah thats the one I found when searching. In answer to your questions:
Boat yards: No. A handful of people who are like me, own their own boat and do the best they can on maintenance.
Does anybody do any fibreglassing: Only people like me who have just broken something
I haven't done anything yet due to a large wet looking cloud on the horizon, so its still "as crashed" no resin or anything applied. That was pretty much my understanding too - as long as the strands remain "sealed" then it'll be OK.
I've emailed Humber to get some proper gelcoat repair in the right shade of orange, also a bloke I know who also has an orange Destroyer in case he has some lying around so will wait and see. Failing that I have "sources" working with the military that may be able to produce some even if it is the wrong colour
There was a thread on here recently about a keel guard strip of some sort, I think that's going to be one of the next things on the shopping list. It makes as much sense as a steering guard on a Land Rover, protect the bit that is going to get biffed first
If I can't get any proper gelcoat filler here and it has to be ordered from UK I'm thinking I will sand it back, give it a liberal coating of fibreglass resin (maybe with a little bit of mat in there too) and hopefully this will keep the water out till I can get gelcoat filler then grind it out and do a proper job. I'll be spending half the summer fixing my tubes properly anyway, so there will be plenty of time for it to cure
Hightower, does the tube you have sat on your desk say "Hazardous highly flammable" or anything? Just wondering what the chances are of getting some orange stuff sent by air - I could wait a couple of weeks if they'll send it, but not three months if it has to come by sea.
Maintenance intensive things these boats. Still I suppose its better than being bored and a lot cheaper than pouring fuel into it