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Hi All,

I hope the picture posts: Got hit in a weekly beer can race. I got an estimate between 2-3K for the work including haul out plus a week with out my boat.

Two options:
1) Keep the insurance money and try to fix it myself
2) Spend the 2-3K and get it done by a professoinal

How hard will it be to fix this? I am not very handy but got some friends who like beer and playing with stuff. I also would want it to look good, but I am not sure how hard this job is. It is just gel coat no structrual fiberglass was damaged.

Thanks for your input!
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It does not look too bad. But since you are not handy, I would just pass and have someone makes the money. Be happy.

I mentioned your friends can do it. But have you seen their work? Done on time and finished cleanly. If the answer is no, you know what you should do.

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Depends on how fussy you are. If it were me, I would shape a strip of aluminum angle (2" or so) to fit nicely the same angle of the bow. Grind the edges to make a smooth transition to the fiberglass. Fill and fare out the damaged fiberglass with thickened epoxy and epoxy it to the hull. Maybe even a couple of self tapping screws to secure it. It would then be ready for the next roughing up. I did this with my hard bottom dingy's rib keel that wore thin from pulling it up on beaches and boat landings. Worked great.
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I don't see the aluminum or fastener needs. I just see a grinding and cosmetic epoxy fill with a suitable matched white of one part epoxy paint. Take care and joy, Aythya crew
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I would temporarily seal anything that might allow water penetration. One chunk looks possible, but the res I'm seeing isn't good. Then I would deal with it next I was on the hard for an extended period.
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You're not handy, and it doesn't cost you a penny as the insurance is paying. The only downside is you're without your boat for a week, not to mention beer and cosmetic glass work isn't really a good combination. Get it done properly.
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If I couldn't do it myself, I'd hire it done.
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Personally speaking, I'd do the work myself. Fiberglass repair is not rocket science and the more you can do yourself the more independent you'll be and less reliant on others.

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Make sure your insurance doesn't go up if you make a claim. Might not be worth it in the long run to take the money now if you can do it yourself.

Ifs its really only gelcoat, thats a 2 (maybe 3) evenings after work type of repair - I vote for fix it yourself. Get some 3m premium filler, some preval sprayers, some PVA, styrene for thinning and have a shop make up a pint/quart of matched gelcoat for you. You can get the filler and gelcoat down one night and then sand and polish the next. Not hard at all and no insurance premium increase.
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