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I don't think silicone will hold at all. ABS pretty much doesn't bond to anything, doesn't dissolve in anything, doesn't fuse to anything, except ABS solvents and adhesives. If the package doesn't say "sticks to ABS" it won't.
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I just got a Navpod (the GP 1170) - it's made of 1/4 thick super hard stuff (non technically speaking of course). I use the cut outs for target practice with my air rifle and barely leave a dent in it.
I'm astounded you actually managed to break it, and very happy to hear that Ocean Equipment is working a deal with you. While expensive, it's well designed and obviously supported.

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As described by Rob Walsh, your GP series is apparently ABS capped with acrylic, and as you say 1/4 inch thick. It will likely survive the upcoming zombie apocalypse. Mine is ABS alone, thinner than yours, and has had some sun exposure. It was subjected to quite a lot of force, as it was all there was to grab to prevent my 230 lbs plunging into an open locker. Reasonable chance of getting hurt pretty good.

I have further refined my plan. When I was making the plexi companionway door, I couldn't conveniently find straight Methylene Chloride, so experimented with using MC-based paint stripper (nasty) as solvent cement for plexi. It actually worked perfectly as solvent cement, but made a cloudy joint on the smoked plexi offcuts. I had to instead be patient and get my hands on the straight stuff. The advantage of the paint stripper for this repair is that it is a gel, so will stay in place as I carefully align the pieces, and give me a bit of working time before it evaporates. I think this is going to be my repair of choice. I will experiment with the bit of trimmings from the front of the unit that I will trim tonight.

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Makes sense, it's in 2 distinct layers when I cut it.

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Okay, so the results are in. I took (my wife's boat) toothbrush and applied a layer of gel paint stripper to the busted-off piece, placed it carefully back where it came from, pressed it in place really firmly to make sure the solvent got all across the break. I wiped up the squeeze out, taped it up tight and left it for 24 hours.

Today when I checked it, it was welded on good and tight, with reasonable force, I couldn't eve move it. I an going to find some other bits of ABS to weld on inside to further re-inforce the repair, but I think I have had success.
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