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    Gelcoat Repair Cost??
from OUTarHeel (  
6/19/2007 10:53:00 PM


 I have a 2004 Triton with a plain white hull. I must have hit something on one of my last few trips out on the passenger side just in front of transom. Well as I was strapping the boat down yesterday, I noticed that I have decent size chuck of gelcoat missing from the underside of the boat where the trailer rail rests. The fiberglass is completely exposed and the section measures about 12 in long and 3-4 inches wide.

Due to the size, I obviously need it repaired quickly and before I put her back in the water. I am sure I pulled some more of the gelcoat off from running the boat when I didnt notice the damage. That being said, anyone have an idea of what this type of repair will cost and how long?

Thanks for all responses,

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   Time and materials from Stretch1 (  6/19/2007 11:12:00 PM
 It should take about a week to repair. The costs will be about $2-4K. You might want to get the insurance involved as if you fix this thing wrong it will fail then the insurance will definately not pay.

   2k-4k?! from OUTarHeel (  6/20/2007 10:29:00 AM
 Are you serious...I had no idea it could be that much for such a small section to repair of gelcoat. There is damage to the fiberglass, so i figured it would be applying the gelcoat, some sanding, etc...but 2k-4k. Wow!

Looks I will definitely be calling insurance.


   Two THOUSAND? Here's how you can save $1968.00 from StevieP  6/20/2007 11:01:00 AM

dependingthe nature of the gouge you might be able to get by with one of the many epoxy-based gelcoat repair kits available. I picked some up (different kit) that couldn't have cost me more than $10 to fix a few little nicks and gouges on my hull.

   Try Marine Tex from humminbird (  6/20/2007 11:04:00 AM
 If it is under the boat and you can not see it, try Marine Tex. It is great stuff to work with and easily sanded to make a nice smooth job. Comes in two colors, black and white. Can be mixed to make different shades of gray. You could also get some other colorants to add. If it were I, I would get the white and be done with it. It is in the form of putty and you can easily work it overhead (under the boat) without it falling out. Use a putty knife to work it in and sandpaper to smooth it out after curing. You may need two bottles to do your job. Cost ca. $10 per bottle. That is one heck a lot better than $2-3K. BTW, a good fiberglass man can do the job for ca. $3-500, not $3000. That is insane. You won't be sorry with Marine Tex, though.


   Forgot to add, I've done my boat with Marine Tex from humminbird (  6/20/2007 11:07:00 AM
 Mine was worst...I ran over a metal pipe and it took a section 1 inch wide and almost thru the fiberglass. It was paper thin and my boat has not leaked or given me one bit of trouble. Go for the Marine Tex. It is also hightly recommended on this board.


   marinetex from StevieP  6/20/2007 11:33:00 AM
 is what I used, too. couldn't remember the name of it, but that's it for sure.

   If it is plain gelcoat, a professional fix should be ....... from Whiteboat (  6/20/2007 12:49:00 PM
 less than $500. Stretch1's $2,000 to $4,000 is absurd.

   I paid $1900 to get my hole fixed from a broken bow roller! from Joe (  6/20/2007 2:02:00 PM
 Now mine was on MetalFlake gelcoat but you cannot even see where the hole was. I think Strech must have had his repair done on metalFlake and not solid gel.

   boat repair from jjtriton (  6/20/2007 5:29:00 PM
 Triton will send your dealer the correct gelcoat to match your boat, since it is in the white hull only it should not cost that much to repair, when it gets into the flake it does take more time and knowledge, noway should it cost 2 to 4 grand, unless you have extensive hull damage, good luck JJ

   You are right from Stretch1 (  6/20/2007 7:39:00 PM
 I looked at the original post and found it was in the solid gel coat and not the flake. A 12" gash in the flake all the way to the fiberglass would be expensive. Therefore I revise my original estimate to be more in line with what everyone else is talking about.

   200 to 500 bucks. from Steve P.  6/20/2007 11:15:00 PM
 Somebody is getting screwed if they're paying more than that!! That's the problem up North, not enough guys doing that kind of work and they can charge anything they want. The state of Florida might be a disgusting suckhole of humanity, but there's plenty of choices when you need to get yer boat fixed.

   Truman Fiberglass Repair from BASSMAN IA.  6/21/2007 10:44:00 PM
 in Mo. has done several for me. My black boat with a moondust cap was 4 way tied in a slip when a storm came up. 4 foot rollers came in and picked up the docks and everytime it dropped the dock it took a 2 inch by 3/4 in. square alum support on the dock and speared the starboard corner of the cap. Made a real mess out of the cap. Truman Fiberglass charged me around $250.00 to repair. Not bad when you consider the damage plus having 4-6 colors of fine poly dust in the color.

   I thinkyou're looking at over $1000 from Matt (  6/23/2007 5:01:00 PM
 Even though it is on the white hull, they will want to take it off the trailer and tilt it up to fix. If you are planning on keeping the boat for a long time, fix it yourself. i did mine with fiberglass and it looks good. it was on the white hull and you may need to polish it, but it won't take too long. I went to a local lake and pulled the boat back 12 inches on the trailer to get better access to it, but it worked out fine. Too mnay insurance claims will clearly raise your rates. You might want to wait for something more significant. And if it is in the metalflake, it will be significant. I had a could gouges taken out for $3500....



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