I'd second hellosailor and faster on this. Gelcoating isn't the best way to go for the repair. The West system is excellent. One thing to be careful of is that silicone is extremely pervasive and difficult to remove completely. Sanding often just embeds the silicone into the sanded substrate, and makes the epoxy far less likely to bond completely. There are some products specifically designed to remove silicones and their residue, which might be well worth using before going ahead with the epoxy.
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You know what the first rule of sailing is? ...Love. You can learn all the math in the 'verse, but you take
a boat to the sea you don't love, she'll shake you off just as sure as the turning of the worlds. Love keeps
her going when she oughta fall down, tells you she's hurting 'fore she keens. Makes her a home.
—Cpt. Mal Reynolds, Serenity (edited)
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