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wristwister 08-13-2013 02:41 PM

Preservation tape on hul damage
So over the weekend I glanced a buoy in my Tartan 30 and put a small gash in the hull. About a foot long, well above the waterline, but the fiberglass did slice through. I plan to have it professionally repaired correctly, but I was planning to haul the boat out next Spring for bottom paint, through hull work, prop bushing etc., so I'm not real keen on taking her out of commission right now in the height of sailing season. Several repair outfits have recommended that I patch the gash with "preservation tape" till I'm ready to haul out.

What do you all think of this? Will preservation tape keep things water tight for a few months? The slice is high and forward enough to where I can't imagine heeling enough to submerge it, but I'd still like to know it will be waterproof till we haul out.

Also, what sort of surface preparation should I do for the tape? Just good cleaning? Sanding to rough it up? Sand through gel coat?

Thanks for any advice you can provide.

tommays 08-13-2013 03:33 PM

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Maxion 08-13-2013 04:55 PM

Re: Preservation tape on hul damage
You could do a really rough repair, clean the hole up some, screw a piece of plywood or something from the inside and slop on a few layers of fiberglass.

TQA 08-14-2013 12:43 PM

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Paint on some 5 minute epoxy. That will seal the surface of the glass.

miatapaul 08-14-2013 02:10 PM

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Gorilla tape is great for short term as it will hold and I imagine even if you heeled over it would be fine if it went under for a few mins, but if you are not fixing till spring, I would do a rough fiberglass repair and have them fair it and finish it in the spring. Just get a few square feet of fiberglass fabric and a small amount of Epoxy. do it from the inside if possible and then they can grind out any UV damaged glass and fair it up in the spring.

Might be best if you posted some pictures, but you will have to get some more posts first. Tartan 30's are good solid boats, must have hit something hard.

krisscross 08-14-2013 02:31 PM

Re: Preservation tape on hul damage
If by 'preservation tape' you mean an epoxy tape that will fuse to the hull, then it would make sense. A couple of examples here: Fiberglass tape, epoxy patch, epoxy putty, frozen pipe damage, plumbing repair pipe
I would avoid gorilla tape or similar cheap solutions - just not safe enough IMO

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