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Old 10-28-2012, 04:53 PM
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Not the first post I was hoping for, but this morning when we were scrambling to pull the new boat out before Sandy arrives, I managed to slam my bow of my, new to me fountain, against the corner of the bulkhead of the ramp. Which dinged my port bow. So, how should I go about this repair?

This has got to be the craziest first two weeks of boat ownership, both bilge pumps went bad (ask anyone how hard it is to replace those on the 31!), motor trouble already, a hurricane, and this...

Again not the first post I was hoping for and I thank you all in advance for any suggestions and help. Hopefully I will be able to enjoy this boat and make some new friends while doing so!

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Old 10-28-2012, 05:02 PM
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dont sweat it too much, the first week I had my boat my trailer bunk slipped (the bolts weren't tight) and I put a 2 foot gash on the bottom. I fixed it myself with gel coat and it wasn't a big deal.

post some pics when you get time, and some of the experts will be able to walk you through it. there is a big deference between a 1 in gel coat scratch with some exposed glass and a 1 foot puncture through the hull. Also, use the search function and look up fiberglass repair, there are some good threads that can work you through it as well.
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Old 10-28-2012, 05:12 PM
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Stuff happens.
Post some detailed photos, and professional advice will be forthcoming from several professional sources.
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I know its off topic but did you just sell your Grady this week?
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Old 10-28-2012, 05:40 PM
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Thanks guys, I will get pictures once I can get back to my house after the storm.

My Grady sold about 3 weeks ago, It's a 1989 sailfish twin 225 honda's on an armstrong bracket. Did one move in near you? I believe the new owner is from South Jersey, not sure where they are keeping the boat though.
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Old 10-28-2012, 05:41 PM
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Default You can use epoxy if you want? I prefer vinyl ester resin myself

With most epoxies you will have to make sure it has blushed or it will and pop the gelcoat off. If done right it will be good to go. The binder that most mats have to hold it together does not dissolve with epoxy. Stitch mat is good with epoxy. Fountain hulls are cored on the sides. If you did not penetrate through the core it is a real easy fix. We Need Pictures
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Old 11-01-2012, 05:21 PM
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Thanks guys, just got down to my house to check on things after sandy. Not looking good for anyone in beach haven west about now. Hope the best of luck to everyone, and my ding is looking minor about now... Why we have insurance and thank god everyone is ok! that is the most important thing!

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Old 11-01-2012, 05:24 PM
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is that ur fountain?

that sux! i hope you have insurance, thats really a sad picture
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i think that trash can is covering up the scratch.
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Manager of the service desk at my marina has his boat strapped to trailer on the hard in the yard. Storm came, all of the boats in the yard are GONE. They found his boat floating in the marina next door upright with the trailer still strapped on.

Went out to the boat, got in, started it up and drove it to the boat ramp. Hooked it to his truck and got his rig back.

Incredible.
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Old 11-01-2012, 06:06 PM
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That sucks.
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Not my boat but I am sick for the owner…..
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So sorry, such a sad picture...
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Old 11-01-2012, 06:51 PM
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That really sucks man. Sorry that happened.
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Old 11-01-2012, 07:19 PM
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Yes, Its my new fountain, filed my claim this morning with insurance.
Floated in my driveway on the trailer… Water came that High!
Plug was out so water got in.

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Old 11-01-2012, 07:37 PM
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Good luck with everything, sad to see, but property can be replaced.....
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You did not tell the adjuster that you banged up the hull pulling her out of the water did you?

Hope your insurance covers it.

Where were you during the storm?

This is not funny in the least...so I will refrain from the "looks tippy" comment.
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holy cow, my stomach would be in my throat. Sorry to see that.
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Old 11-02-2012, 04:40 PM
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Ouch.. Well on the flip side you don't have to fix the bow issue and obviously it wasn't a factor in the damage. Sickening to see your new boat like that. Hope the insurance goes smoothly and that this was your only serious damage.
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Old 11-03-2012, 05:31 AM
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Damn that sucks. Rebuild it better than before.

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