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Repairing Cracked Daggerboard Trunk

I've got a problem, and it's growing. Early this season I was on a broad reach when this giant penis-substitute, which had been quietly adrift off my port beam suddenly powered up and accelerated to about forty knots inside of ten ten yards. I cannot overstate the hole this power-plow left in the water. I put the tiller hard over and turned her bow into it. The first shock put green water over my foredeck, but the second one, well, we fell off of it. There's no other way around it. Charleston Lady dropped six feet.

I'm grateful that there don't seem to be any other problems, but I fear that there is a crack in the fiberglass of my hull liner down where the daggerboard trunk joins with the hull liner. I'll be taking some pictures shortly so that ya'll can see what it looks like.

My first impulse is to grind away the crack, all the way through the hull liner if necessary, keeping the void as small as possible. Then fill the void with epoxy. My questions are legion, but to start: should I just fill the void with epoxy, or should I stuff it with (epoxied) glass.

Either way, how do I keep the epoxy in the void, and not dripping down onto the interior of the hull?
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