Also pick up the west system manuals. West Marine (no relation) has them for free and they address similar issues to yours. You'll be picking up epoxy resin/hardener anyways for the repair. I recommend getting the larger quantity cans than what you will strictly need for this job alone. They don't really go bad, and then you'll have them on hand for future adventures.(g)
Unless the damage is extensive, and it does not sound like it, the repair is not that difficult. You'll gain good experience on the small repair. And, if you are like me, you'll end up using the epoxy on about a gazillion other projects.(G)
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