mirror hull

  • annie
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05 Jul 2006 16:28 #19264 by annie
mirror hull was created by annie
Just discovered a split in the hull of my new second-hand dinghy as I was stripping off the floor paint. Any advice as to how I deal with this please.

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26 Oct 2006 10:40 #13101 by bryan1930
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Hi Annie

Depends on how serious a sailor you are. Correct answer would be to fit new bottom or get new hull.

A solution that worked for me on a wooden hull and which you might want to consider -tho' not without consulting other more experienced mariners- was this :
Strip off the paint for an inch or more both sides of and beyond the crack.
Drill a SMALL hole through the hull at the ends of the crack - this should ease any stress and help stop it spreading.
Armed with some webbing and some marine epoxy - West System for example - lay the webbing over the crack and paint/roll on the epoxy. When cured/dry, varnish it, stand with hands on hips and say "that looks pretty good for a temporary solution", launch boat, jump in, and,if foot doesn't go through bottom, go sailing.

Good luck
Bryan

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26 Oct 2006 18:51 #13108 by ecover
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how is this a website issue
ED

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04 Nov 2006 17:47 #13233 by JamesB
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Its not but it doesnt mater that much

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  • john mcnulty
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16 Nov 2006 15:20 #13318 by john mcnulty
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Annie
Bryan's advice is spot on. Just one small refinement. After drilling the very very small hole use a craft knife to chamfer edges of the split to make a very shallow "V" effect and then fill as suggested. Once rubbed down, faired and re-painted it shouldn't even show. Work in dry conditions.
Good luck - John

PS - if you post this again on the "Mirror Matters" forum you might get further help. I expect many won't have seen your message on the "Website issues" forum.

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