Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Missouri Ozarks
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And I thought fiberglass was fiberglass.....but, learning being one of my favorite things to do, I now learn there's more to it than fiberglass, the generic. If I understand correctly, any resin reinforced with glass could be called fiberglass. The things you learn when you aren't even looking to learn about them......
I have previously read a couple sections of the West Marine repair pages for cracks and small holes and those I read only mentioned epoxy. I understand the concept of repair and it is essentially what I've done on snowmobiles and cars and lots of step ladders. I suppose my real question is below......
Ok...from what I understand from the replys, (and thanks to everyone. You added to my knowledge of the stuff my boat is made of), my boat is vinlyester or polyester resin. And from what Caleb said I can use either of these for minor repairs, is that correct? What I won't be getting from the repair is the greater strength and water invasion protection of an epoxy resin, correct? As my use of the boat will not entail any racing or rough weather sailing, will be on a trailer, covered when I'm not actually sailing and will be used a few times a year on small, inland lakes am I sacrificing anything, for all practical puposes, if I use a vinyl or poly based resin instead of epoxy?
Another reason for wanting to use vinyl or poly is because I have a lot of it on hand...but, if it isn't at least suitable for my intended use I'll spring for and learn to use the epoxy.
I never cease to be amazed at the knowledge available here and the willingness of those who know to share that knowledge with those like me who are so ignorant of all things related to sail. Thanks to all of you and to all on the board who so share.