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Minor gelcoat repair
Take a look on the inside opposite the crack to see if there is any signs of damage. If not, it''s a simple fix.
A fairly inexpensive kit can be purchased for the job. And being at the waterline it is important that it is sealed. But being a trailered boat not so critical.
The kit (Evercoat) comes as a paste and goes on easy. You''ll have to mix in the right amount of white. I do that before the hardener, gives time to mix well. You''ll have to grove out the crack with an angled tool, like the corner of a file trying your very best to stay on the crack.
Then you''ll be filling the crack . One thing you''ll have to remember is that the paste will shrink when it cures. So get a little extra thickness on there. The kit supplies some thin plastic sheets to put over the paste. The idea seems good but doesn''t work well. I use them to help smooth out the paste.
Give it a couple days of curing time in warm weather. Then you''ll be sanding with a fine wet-n-dry.
You might want to do a little reading on gelcoat repairs before you make the attempt. For one, there is an Advisory in the WestMarine catalog. Books will give you more detail, I don''t have the time. But just trying to give you an idea of the work involved.