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Hull Crack!! How to repair?

Hello all,

I just inherited a nice little dinghy sailer from the neighbor. Sails, rudder, rigging all in like new condition. The one caveat, is the mild crack/hole in the hull near the daggerboard. I am wondering how to go about the best way to fix this heavily stressed spot. Any suggestions? I am not sure how thick the glass is, though it can't be too thick. I wonder about a simple patch, from the outside, wrapped upwards into the daggerboard enclosure?

Any and all advice appreciated.

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Scottchop,

Perhaps a few bags of potting soil and some marigolds, geraniums, and petunias might work.

Actually, its hard to tell from here. Is that photo showing the centerboard slot from the cockpit, or from the outside of the hull?
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Interested in the responses here... It seems to me anything is repairable!
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Hull side. Access holes have been cut into the cockpit side for repair by the PO. No geraniums for this old girl....
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If you have access to the inside of the hull, repair it from both sides. Beef up the interior and make sure the dagger board trunk is well supported. Adding a nice fillet of thickened epoxy all around where the daggerboard trunk meets the hull and a couple layers of fiberglass is probably a good idea.
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yeah, that was my thoughts on the inside also. what about the outside?

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You'll want to grind back the glass a bit, but the daggerboard trunk makes it a bit tricky. The majority of the repair will probably be best done from the inside, primarily due to the location.
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yeah, that was my thoughts on the inside also. what about the outside?

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"Sailboat Hull & Deck Repair" by Don Casey is a good how to manual.
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