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It’s not uncommon for yacht owners to find a small dent, crack, or a hole in the hull after a run with the yacht. A compromised hull is always a serious issue that needs to be addressed as quickly as possible. A good yacht repair company would be able to fix the problem in a matter of days, depending on the size of the damage.
Fiberglass repair isn’t as difficult as it sounds but it needs to be done properly if you want a solid repair job. At Foster’s Yacht Services, we offer thorough repairs that would last for a long time. We also ensure that the repair is invisible on the surface. Here’s how we do it.
First, we observe the damage carefully. If possible, we like to work from the inside out, as it reduces the work that needs to be done during the finishing. Once we’ve determined the extent of the damage, we need to start preparing for the fiberglass yacht repair. We’ll need to open up the hole to remove the entire damaged surface.
For that, we consider the size of the hole and the thickness of the hull. A ½ inch thick hull with a 3 inch hole would require a bevel of about 15 inches. The ratio is 12:1 here. We clean the prepared area with acetone to remove all the debris. That’s absolutely vital for the fiberglass coating to stick.
The Patching Process
After we grind the bevel around the damage, we follow the process explained below. This leads to the best yacht repair and it can’t be noticed from the outside.
- We create a backer to hold the fiberglass fabric in place. If we don’t do it, the resin would cause the glass to cave in.
- We mix in the polyester or vinylester resin with the MEKP, i.e., methyl ethyl ketone peroxide, which is a catalyst.
- We add a layer of fiberglass fabric and apply the resin-MEKP mix to bond the layers together.
- After we’ve applied all the layers needed, we seal them with either plastic or a PVA mold. This allows the resin to cure and harden to full strength.
When the resin is fully cured, we proceed with the finishing process of the yacht repair. If you have any questions and suggestions, or want to hire our services, just give us at Foster’s Yacht Services a call on this number 954 524 9098. You can get in touch with us by filling in this Contact Us form. You can also email us at [email protected]. We look forward to hearing from you.