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  1. General Discussion - Sailing Related
    I am going to be grinding down all the gelcoat in the cockpit and on the deck, along with rebedding the non-opening portlights and replacing a couple of them with ones that open. I am doing all this in an open boatyard where I'll be subject to weather and I want to be a good neighbor to nearby...
  2. Gear & Maintenance
    Hello, I am looking to repair the transom of my tartan 28. What started as small chip became a larger area of gelcoat that was cracking away from the fiberglass. I recently chipped away as much of the loose gelcoat as I could. I plan on sanding down the edges of where the good gelcoat connects...
  3. Gear & Maintenance
    A few square inches of gelcoat on my boat have worn away just above the waterline where it was rubbing on a float (for months). I had so many things to fix last year that I didn't think to monitor it until today when I saw light coming in the side of the hull there. I know I have to fix it...
  4. Gear & Maintenance
    Need to do some minor gelcoat repair. Does anyone know the RAL number for Gelcoat on a late model Bavaria (Vision 46)?? Also, do you know a good source in the US for buying Gelcoat? I have found sources in Germany, but without the RAL number in the US, no luck. Thanks in advance for your...
  5. Gear & Maintenance
    Hey everyone! I have read through MaineSail's sticky on compounding and polishing. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and will definitely make use of the knowledge in the future. I've got a 1976 Bristol 27 which has some major gelcoat crazing/alligatoring. As i slowly make my way through the...
  6. Gear & Maintenance
    I have some faded registration numbers painted on my boat and want to remove them. It is a fiberglass boat with a gelcoat finish. What can I use to safely remove the numbers without harming the gelcoat? I do not know what type of paint it is but it appears to have been on there for a couple decades.
  7. Gear & Maintenance
    OK, so it looks unlikely that there will be any sailing this weekend. I'm trying not to stress about cosmetic issues, but reading online I hear all these horror stories of compromised gelcoat and water damage. Figured I'd share a couple of pics and get some opinions. Is this anything to worry...
  8. Gear & Maintenance
    :confused: Just bought a C&C 35 this fall. Overall great condition, but definitely in need of a buff. Medium oxidation (in my non-expert opinion). Now my question - what's the best product for this? I went into my yacht yard's ship store looking for 3M Rubbing Compound. The guy working...
  9. Gear & Maintenance
    This my newport 16 project. From buy, scratch. To paint JOB. GELCOAT. REALLY HARD JOB. You can see how was the gelcoat cracked. With lot of patience, love and not much money. I took off all the bad gelcoat and re gelcoat. For someone who knows nothing about gel coat but love sailing I think its...
  10. Please Introduce Yourself
    Hello World, I am a Hobie sailor near Clearwater. I want to migrate from Hobie 16 to 18 to small tri to daysailer and then bluewater. I have been sailing since childhood on sunfish and hobie. No racing experience, just fun and camping. I have an interesting project started for a Hobie...
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