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"This book will save you money and grief before you can say woven roving."—Sailing
"A comprehensive and accurate work that should benefit almost any owner of a fiberglass boat."—SAIL
"This book will prove a valuable addition to the library of any boat builder or owner who is seriously interested in doing his own repairs, as well as intercepting minor problems before they become major projects."—Boatbuilder
Are there hairline cracks in your boat's deck or topsides gelcoat? Have her color and luster faded over the years? Does she have deck leaks? Has she been holed? Is her hull oilcanning in a sea? If your answer to any of these questions is yes, this book is for you. This is the definitive guide for fiberglass boat repair and beautification, covering not just cosmetic dings and scratches, but also major repairs of structural damage to hull and decks. It will show you how to:
That beautiful craft swinging at anchor or nestled dockside, her topsides reflecting water and sky like a polished mirror, could be yours. Here's how.
PrefaceAcknowledgments1 Materials and ConstructionWhat fiberglass is; Boatbuilding resins; Resin products: glues and putties; The glass fiber materials; Constructing the fiberglass boat; Gelcoat and paint finishes; Interior parts; Other fiberglass parts2 Restoring the Surface FinishGelcoat dullness and fading; Scratches, dings, and breakouts; Gelcoat cracks that won't stay puttied; Bubbles, blisters, and boat pox; Regelcoating versus repainting fiberglass3 The Art of FiberglassingGelcoating; Hand lay-up; Laying up core materials; Repairing or applying reinforcements; Tabbing parts to hull and deck4 Fractures, Small Holes, DelaminationsGrinding and Cutting; Rebuilding; Patching cored construction; Delamination5 Dealing with Core ProblemsSaturation—an introduction to the problem; Confined and accessible area of deck saturation; Total deck saturation; Core saturation in hulls; Crushable cores6 Rebuilding Large Holes and Shattered AreasIs she worth repairing?; Salvaging the boat; Working out a repair schedule; Backing damage with sheet stock; Working the boat back into shape; Backing compound curves; Framing in a missing shape; Taking a mold off another boat of the same model; Making the piece7 Undercured, Resin-Rich, and Cooked LaminatesGo back to the manufacturer—if possible; How to repair undercore—if you must; Resin-rich and cooked laminates8 Repairing Keels and Other Underwater PartsDamage to hollow fiberglass keels; Weeps around metal hardware; Fixing fin keels and separate skegs; Damage to interior reinforcing members; Lead-ballasted fin keels; Bolted-on iron fin keels; Centerboards and centerboard trunks; Repairing the centerboard case; Rudders and skegs9 Troubles on DeckLeaks around fittings; Leaks around deck joints, rails, and railcaps; More about leaks; Hatches and portlights: leaks, fractures, and other troubles; Treating the overstressed boatIndex