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Old 04-09-2021, 11:48 AM
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Considering buying a boat but it is a few states over. We had it inspected and were shown some pictures of large scrapes in the side including a few that had exposed fiberglass. Trying to figure out how much this would cost to repair but can't seem to get a straight answer without the shops seeing the boat, except one shop that estimated around $6500. We don't want to buy it before knowing what kind of money we'd have to dump into it to get the boat ready. Anyone have any rough idea of the cost we're looking at. The two spots are on the side and right where the keel hits the trailer. Just trying to get a rough idea.




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Make 10 more posts in other threads and post pictures of your issue.
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Originally Posted by irishtd619 View Post
Considering buying a boat but it is a few states over. We had it inspected and were shown some pictures of large scrapes in the side including a few that had exposed fiberglass. Trying to figure out how much this would cost to repair but can't seem to get a straight answer without the shops seeing the boat, except one shop that estimated around $6500. We don't want to buy it before knowing what kind of money we'd have to dump into it to get the boat ready. Anyone have any rough idea of the cost we're looking at. The two spots are on the side and right where the keel hits the trailer. Just trying to get a rough idea.
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You'd be best getting estimates from whomever might do the work

I've had fiberglass person estimate $12k to fix something that I found someone else to do for $800.
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You want an estimate for something nobody can see?

$50-$100
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Scrapes for $6500? Lol no. Unless you mean like hurricane type damage, then could maybe see $6500
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From what I can see, it would be about $1,274.28 . . . but the pictures are a bit blurry.
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It depends on how long it's been damaged. If you can see bare fiberglass, it's either been damaged long enough for delamination or the strike was hard enough when it happened. If it's been like that a while and kept being used, I'd suspect the fiberglass is bad and the area needs to be cut out and replaced.
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Make 10 more posts in other threads and post pictures of your issue.
Or may the lousy $15 bucks and contribute to the resource you are consuming.
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2019 I was looking at boats to buy. I knew I wanted a small, older, all-fiberglass sporty, narrowed it down to a few models that exist. Of those, I ended up with two seriously good deals to choose from. The 1972 had two new engines, mechanically sound, lots of fishing goodness, but a lot of scrapes and poor repairs in the fiberglass. The other was still new from 1974, never sold by the dealership, but had sat for decades indoors, so had to assume it needed new engines and possibly fuel tanks. I had negotiated both prices down to almost negligible expense compared to the likely cost of repairs. So then it was just a matter of which would be cheaper to repair.

I had a lot of money to put into this if necessary, and was willing to spend a year getting it right. If you buy a project boat, you need skills, deep pockets, and patience. I spent most of last summer getting my boat ready for the water, learned a lot, had fun and agony, kept me busy after losing my wife to cancer, it has been a good project.

Nobody here knows your skills, patience, or financial position. Nobody, even a good fiberglass repair shop, can estimate accurately what repairs will cost to make it look the way you want. I definitely didn't want to end up with a painted boat, but some of the really expensive paints would have been acceptable. There are a lot of decisions you have to make to determine how much it will cost. You have to research, have discussions with repair shops about what is possible and the cost.

Either you can afford to take a big gamble or you can't, I don't think the internet can decide that for you.
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From the looks of it.. Run! RUN FAST!
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Nobody can give you a price on what they havent seen....in person.

Prices also depend on work load. A shop with full schedule....only needs more work if they can make excessive profit. Supply and demand.

I once had an item fabricated at work....local bids was about $78,000 they not hungry. Went for bid from a shop in NJ .....they did it for $15,000 did outstanding work too. They didnt want outrageous profit, they wanted to keep from laying employees off.

So always shop around. If its on wheels....a drive can save $$$.
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I can only assume this hull is a deal price wise.

The comparable difference in price from others is probably close to what he was quoted last winter to repair it.

But it can't be used now as is, so you are looking at a project during the time you want to use it at a higher price and longer lead time.

So this is probably why he is selling.

Cheaper and faster to get someone else to buy his problem.
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If its a scrape that wasnt a strike that cracked fiberglass and core that you really cannot see without opening it up with a grinder I would consider it. But w/o picks its hard to help.

If it was used after the accident without gel coat (Water barrier coat) water content should be determined with a moisture meter.

To repair, the gel coat and glass has to sanded, sanded deeper if patched with layers of cloth to not create a bulge if patching necessary and refilled with matching gelcoat paste, re-sanded and refilled and fine wet sanded and waxed at the very least.

So two 4' simple scrapes would be a 2 day job with multiple dry times so a cheap job on a simple gel coat repair with materials would probably be about $2300 if the shop charges $125 per hr. ballpark and 50% more if cloth patching is also applied.

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