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Old 05-09-2016, 03:09 PM
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The following is copied and pasted from Bill--he couldn't get it to post


Disclaimer--This is an accident that occurred some time back. There were several serious injuries. There were no deaths. We waited until all parties were recovered before posting a thread. I can't go into details about how the accident occurred, or where, or who was involved and I ask that if for some reason you know, please keep it to yourself in this thread. The owner was kind in allowing me to document the repair and I'd like to respect his privacy.


A long time Prowler owner contacted me re repair of his severely damaged 31 pilothouse that was involved in an unfortunate accident. It was damaged beyond the capabilities of the local glass shops and asked if I would repair it. And he sent me the following pictures



Asked if the boat was on the bottom in the pics and he said no--that's as far as she went down. We have always had foam filled compartments in our boats and this put them to the test. I was happy to see that with a full breach of one sponson the boat neither sank nor capsized. The nature and severity of this accident being what it was, the floatation most certainly saved lives.

more to follow. i'll try to post it all tonight. stick with me
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Got it figured out now. Thanks Ryan. Only seems to work if I upload straight from phone. But then only one pic at a time.
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After I had received the boat and assessed the damage; I was very pleased at two things, first and foremost, that with the massive amount of damage that the boat didn't sink, and, that the damage was contained locally. There wasn't any damage to the bulkheads or any delamination other that at the point of impact.
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Good gosh that looks bad. Interested to see the restoration but seems as if going with a new hull might be the cost effective route in the long run.
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After assessing the damage I knew, that I would have to remove approximately 8ft of the port side forward sponson. This would also allow me to inspect the forward transverse bulkhead and this would also allow me to tie the new nose section to not only the side but also to this bulkhead which is a major structural component of the boat. We started by shoring up the boat to the trailer as I didn't want it shifting with such a large section removed. We then removed the cap and liner section to provide proper access to the new nose section from the inside
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Cutting off the bow section
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Next we decided to remove the core to provide a stronger bond line. This was a painstaking process that took a few days, but we felt that laying glass on top of the two butted ends with the core may fail under hard use.
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The new nose section was made in the mold while preparation continued on the hull for mating of the new nose.
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Next came the fitting of the new nose section as any deviation would affect the handling of the vessel, and would also keep the removed cap section from fitting as well.
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Was it the cored hull that led to that much damage? Would a solid glass layup have prevented it?
I remember reading some opinions of a marine surveyor who mentioned how much damage cored hull boats received during a major storm.
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