Boating is a fulfilling pastime that allows you to relax and enjoy the fresh air. Unfortunately, if you haven’t hit the water in a while, you might find that your boat has fallen into a state of disrepair after prolonged storage. It’s common for boats, especially older ones, to develop cracks in their hulls. These cracks can vary in size and severity, but they should always be taken care of before you take your boat back onto the water.
Sailing a boat with cracks in the hull makes it more likely that you will take on water, which can lead to further damage of your boat’s exterior and interior, as well as a worsening of the cracks. If you’re considering do-it-yourself boat repair in Florida, it’s important that you know exactly what this process involves and whether it’s something that you can reasonably take on.
How to repair a hull
The first thing you will need to do is gather a few tools and materials. You will need an electric grinder or coarse sandpaper, acetone, some sort of adhesive that can be used as a backer (like duct tape), some paint and fiberglass resin or epoxy. Once you have your supplies in order, you can begin repairing the crack by grinding your cracked fiberglass down with your electric grinder or coarse sandpaper. You should continue to grind down your fiberglass past the extent of the repair. As a general rule, you should taper 2-3 inches past the part of your fiberglass that is cracked. After grinding down the cracks in your hull, you should use some acetone to clean the surface of dirt and debris.
Using a couple layers of an adhesive backer, such as duct tape, cover the hole in your hull from the inside. You can choose between epoxy and fiberglass resin for your repair depending on your preference and your budget. You’ll start by saturating some fiberglass fabric with your resin or epoxy and then place it on the part of the hull that you are repairing. You can also place the fiberglass fabric on your hull while it is dry and then apply resin or epoxy on top of it. Either way, you should cut pieces of fabric out that are suitable for the size of the area that you are repairing and build up the epoxy patch. After your patch dries, you will sand it down, apply thickener, sand it down again and then apply some paint to finish up.
Get professional boat repair in Fort Lauderdale, FL
If you have questions about boat repair in Fort Lauderdale, FL, or you’d prefer to enlist the help of a professional team for your hull repair, Starboard Yacht Group LLC is here to help. We have been the go-to yacht maintenance group for customers in and around Fort Lauderdale, FL since 2008, and our team continues to be dedicated to delivering the best service possible. Browse our website for detailed descriptions of the different services that we offer, and then give us a call for assistance from our team.