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Old 30 August 2010, 18:57   #1
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Damaged console

Better a bad day on the water than a good day in the office......I'm not so sure!

I went out today from Rhos on Sea in North Wales, the sun was bright and warm but the sea was a bit choppy which made launching and recovery difficult. Anyway, if it could go wrong, it did: car broke down, then fixed, car got stuck in soft sand (on top of concrete) with rising tide and got towed out. Boat swamped due to waiting to rescue the car. Boat beached and emptied.....Grr. I now have a cut hand, sore shoulder and I can't walk!

Anyway, to the point of the thread.
When my mate stuffed the boat into a wave at a fair speed, he flung both me and the other passenger forward as the boat stopped and we didn't. We were both holding onto the backrest of the console, which was bolted through the fibreglass. The top of the back rest was pushed violently forward and the bottom of the backrest went backwards, ripping the bolts through the fibreglass. The console is quite badly damaged - looks like torn fabric.

Is this the kind of thing that can be repaired, or do I need a new console?

Thanks guys,
Tim
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Old 30 August 2010, 19:30   #2
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Anything can be repaired (within reason!)

Some pics would be good.
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Old 31 August 2010, 06:28   #3
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And while being repaired, a bit of reinforcing in there might not go amiss!
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Old 31 August 2010, 11:16   #4
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And while being repaired, a bit of reinforcing in there might not go amiss!
Yeah, thanks for that. Hindsight is a wonderful thing
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Old 31 August 2010, 11:43   #5
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Glad you're OK, it could have hurt a lot more.

For fixing it, check out Chewy's thread:

http://rib.net/forum/showthread.php?t=37044

It's going nowhere.

Not exactly aesthetically pleasing
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Old 01 September 2010, 08:20   #6
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I went for the easy option - Shipshape Marine in Stockport, Manchester.
Thanks Rodney!
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