Frequently Asked Questions
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This is called blistering. Blisters are a result of leaving a fiberglass boat in the water for a period of time. These blisters are just a cosmetic problem, an eye sore, they do not hurt the performance of your boat nor do they pose any problem to the integrity of the fiberglass. For the cause of blistering I’ll explain the basics. Gel coat is a porous material, when submerged in water it will absorb the water molecules, then combined with uncured chemicals create gases which push the gel coat away from the fiberglass, causing the “bubble” or “blister” appearance on the surface. This is a repair that I do not offer.
Here are 3 articles in .pdf format that I found on the internet that can better explain this:
Well, there are many different answers to this question, I’ll briefly try to explain the most common. If you have an I/O the most likely cause is at the cut-out for the drive train to pass through the hull. Rarely do I see this area properly sealed up. Or at the drain hole itself. When rebuilding a transom I address these areas specifically.
A. With an outboard boat the most common way water gets to the transom is through the motor well drain holes. Common practice among boat manufactures is a bronze tube thru-hull fitting. This works well until the boat gets some age and usage on it. Over time the seal on this fitting fails and water get to your transom. Leaves and other debris clogging the drains is a major factor in the cause of transom rot. Again, I address the causes of transom failure with better solutions.
The Suns UV Rays. Just like anything else, when exposed the sun’s radiation, gel coat deteriorates, leaving a dull, chalky to the touch, finish over time.
A. The only real solution to restore your boat’s finish is to remove the oxidization by a process known as wet sanding a buffing. This is a very tedious process which requires a lot of elbow grease and time, but the results are well worth it.
I get this question a lot in many different forms, usually starts out like this…This might seem out of the ordinary for you but I have this “_____” I need repaired can you help me? The answer is Yes in most cases. I will work on most anything that I feel I can repair to a useable condition as intended by the manufacturer.
Don’t hesitate to call if you have something in need of repair that you are in the situation of…The parts are no longer available for, nobody specializes in this or wants to take this project, it looks like plastic and people say it can’t be fixed, making modifications to something or even restoring an antique soda machine or gas pump. Never hurts to ask?
A. Well, I am only a 1 man shop and this is how I make my living, so I only take in work that I feel I can accomplish in a timely manner.
Average repairs are like this…Phone and/or email conversations about your repairs…bringing it in on a week day or weekend…fitting it to my schedule (working it in and working on it)…job close to being done and I’ll call with a completion date and time…you picking it up on a weekend or week day, on the average 2-4 weeks. However if I am doing a major repair or project it will take longer and I do take in smaller jobs to fill the down times (Material Cure Time). It just depends on my schedule, I hope you can understand.
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