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Fiberglass repair recommendation

Seeking the name of a GOOD, trustworthy, fiberglass repairman in the Annapolis area, for a hull repair.

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Re: Fiberglass repair recommendation

FRP is not his main work but he is good, dependable and a retired sociology professor: Will Sibley (in Shadyside - he's in the phone book).
His main work (in retirement) is on Atomic 4's & basic diesel maintenance.
If he is not free or able I'd ask him for a name of a reliable local trades person.
He helps my friend in Annapolis with an Endeavor 32' and his Universal diesel.

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Why don't you do the work yourself?

Don Casey covers the subject well in his "Good Old Boat" book.

The problem with paying someone to work on your sailboat is both the cost and quality. There are not that many craftsmen out there and they seem to charge exorbitant prices, which the market will bear. The work is not that difficult and you will probably do a better job, as your life is the one at risk when you sail. It would be a good learning experience for you.

If you screw up, donate the boat, or piece it out, and start over again....
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Why don't you do the work yourself?

Don Casey covers the subject well in his "Good Old Boat" book.

The problem with paying someone to work on your sailboat is both the cost and quality. There are not that many craftsmen out there and they seem to charge exorbitant prices, which the market will bear. The work is not that difficult and you will probably do a better job, as your life is the one at risk when you sail. It would be a good learning experience for you.

If you screw up, donate the boat, or piece it out, and start over again....
Sorry James, that last line is absolutely unacceptable.
I do 99% of my own work, but I know my limitations. I'm willing to pay a significant price to get this done once, and properly.

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I have to ask. BH, what kind of repair or damage is there?

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I have to ask. BH, what kind of repair or damage is there?
I have a dead transducer, under the v-berth, penetrating the hull directly on the "V" of the hull. The PO used JB Weld or Qwiksteel to bed and seal it, instead of a proper marine bedding material. Now, it is slowly leaking. I am not confident in my ability to recreate the shape of the hull.

If this were on a flat area of the hull, I'd jump right on it.

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Re: Fiberglass repair recommendation

Is your boat on the hard now? Not trying to tell you to forge ahead and do it, but I think you can. with epoxy and fairing compounds it's not that difficult.. getting the area around it to dry would be the most difficult part imho. heat lamp! Many TDs come with a plastic block so they can be cut/ground to make the TD read strait down instead of an angle.. probably something the PO didn't know.

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Re: Fiberglass repair recommendation

Will Sibley was the guy my friends were going to use for the blisters on the hull of their E32'. They eventually decided to put off that project for another year(s).

As for replicating the shape of the hull at the "V" you can use sheets of plastic to form a mold for your epoxy repair. Epoxy does not readily adhere to the plastic that is used for gallon milk containers, water containers. You can also use a mold release agent to make your mold easier to disassemble once the epoxy has 'kicked'.

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I've contacted Will Sibley. Discussion is in progress, seems promising. He will let me work alongside, so I can learn.
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