At the Boathouse Marine Center, our marine fiberglass repair team ensures damage to your boat is repaired quickly and professionally. We have experience across all types of damage, large and small and across all manufacturers.
We follow simple, deliberate rules, to ensure that your repair will “disappear” into the rest of your boat and be just as strong. We offer these steps here to inform customers as to the amount of time required to facilitate a quality repair.
Impact damage nearly always results in some associated delamination. Identifying these areas is a critical first step as any damaged fiberglass must be removed and replaced with new laminate to ensure the integrity of the repair.
We take the time to make the repair from the inside of the boat so that we can create a mold for the repair allowing us to lay-up the repair the same way the boat was built – gelcoat first. This also ensures the best possible finish to the repaired areas and blending it into the hull of the boat.
As in any finish work, good preparation ensures a quality outcome. Fiberglass repair preparation includes washing the area around the damage thoroughly with a de-waxing solvent. Failing to remove the wax first may ultimately compromise the integrity of the repair. Each application of resin links chemically with the one beneath to form a solid repair as though all the layers were completed together. The initial bond of any repair is mechanical, so preparation is the key to getting a strong repair.
The number of laminates will be determined by the thickness of your hull or approximately one layer for every 1/32 inch. The careful layering of fabric, one piece at a time, into the damaged area is a critical process and ensures the adhesion of the new cloth to the old laminate.
Gelcoat is a resin based paint used to provide a high quality repair on the visible side of your damaged hull. We carefully match the color of your hull and then, for a finished look, we wet sand the area immediately around the damage to ensure a seamless transition between the repair and the rest of the hull. A final buff brings the boat back to life.