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:Superman: Superman could fly so fast that the earth would rotate in a different way and we would all go back in time so that wouldn't happen.....other than that all I have to say is Sorry. :cry:

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What happen to cause that damage?

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Reb67 if I was you I would stop fishing where ever that happened. Those sharks are too big if they can take a bite outta your boat like that. Or maybe you hit a deer with your boat. That can cause damage like that.

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Ouch ---- I feel you man, I don't even own a boat and I still feel you ...

 

Hope that can be repaired by plaster and fiberglass work to make it new again 

 

 

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You didn't go gator hunting with that boat, did you???????:mad1:

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Good marine fiberglass boat repairman can fix that.

Tom

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That is a shame for sure, and I know how you feel.

 

I put a rub mark in my boat over a year ago (not the magnitude of yours)

and got in touch with 2 different mechanics. I supplied both with pictures of the damage,

and neither one seen fit to get back to me. For some reason, no one wants to work

with fiberglass & gelcoat, and I'm still riding around with the same rub mark.

In any case, that is reparable.

 

Roger

 

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Start by going to your local bass boat dealer and inquire where they get thier boat repairs done. Most dealers know of a few excellent fiberglass and gel coat repair places, accidents happen.

Tom

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Little bit of fiber glass work and some paint and buffing and you'd never know it happened

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If you lived near me I would say drop it off and I'll have it up and going in no time. 

 

Did I'd you get right off the water when it happend? With glass boats when people crack or put a hole in them and continue to use the boat the water will hydrolic into the layers of fiberglass. What looks like just a 6" crack is really several feet in every direction of delaminated weak glass. We have had guys bring boats into the shop expecting just a quick patch job but then we get into it grinding and cutting till we get to solid glass to start the repair and it's a much bigger repair then they expected. 

 

Take it to to a local shop and have it estimated and then decide if you want to spend the cash on the repair or attempt to diy. 

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The fixing part is easy.  Matching the existing gel coat is very difficult, nearly impossible.

 

Every time it is cut or ground, the flakes that remain around the removed section will have silver surfaces.  Metalflake color is just a coating on silver flakes.  Not only that, you'll need a gel coat that matches the original base coat.  Then the density of the flakes needs to match.  Flakes come in several different sizes, and they are often mixed in a blend to provide a "deeper" finish.

 

Contact your insurance company.  They should cover the cost of repairs less any deductible.  

 

   

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I shared the photo and your need to get it repaired with a friend of mine down in Northern VA. He knows a lot of the boating/ fishing guys down there. If he does not have a good suggestion one of the members on his website should.  They are primarily down your way.  I will post as soon as I hear from one of them.  Good Luck man. That hurts but it can be fixed.

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You have got to get your priorities straight.  As long as nobody got hurt, the boat can be repaired.  Check with your local marinas and find out who they utilize.  Kudos to @fishnkamp for putting out some feelers.  Good luck.

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If you don't care about the look of a patch on your boat, you can very easily do it yourself /w a little time and elbow grease. There's a lot of youtube videos on how to do it. It won't look good, it will be ugly,  but it will be solid. If you want it restored and have the gelcoat matched/repaired, it's going to cost you....a lot. As long as you have insurance(you should...), you should only be out the deductible. Taking a second look, that's going to be a massive repair /w the crack you can see above the larger one. I would file a claim and just drop it off. 

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Hopefully no one was hurt.  That's a standard repair for a reputable glass shop.  Besides, it's a boat.  They tend to get roughed up a bit.  Maybe not to that extreme, but most definitely repairable.

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22 minutes ago, Quarry Man said:

what happened?

That is what we have all been wondering. Some say it was Big Feets, others say he hit a unicorn with a jackalope on its back. Yet others, and I say they are totally off-base, think it was a vampire/werewolf combination. But that makes no sense. We all know vamp-wolfs don't like gel-coating. Its practically like a silver garlic stake to the heart for were-pires. 

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I spoke with my friend Bryan. He said to call Potomac Marine and ask for the name of the fiberglass shop they use. The fiberglass shop is located in Richmond Virginia.   I hope that is close enough for you to work with.  Potomac Marine's phone number is 703-670-0080. They are located in Woodbridge but use a Richmond VA repair shop.

 

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First of all no one was hurt only my pride. Thanks for all the suggestions, I'm having it looked at tomorrow but the boat is 30 years old and I'm not to worried about the looks that much just want it to float and not leak so I think my buddy and I will be fixing it.

As far as what happened, I could make up some fantastic story but the truth is a fantastic story all on its own. I decided to take my daughter out fishing on this boat for the first time (keep in mine she has a fear of  boats more specific sinking) well some dumb a** forgot to put the plug in (oh wait that would be me) we proceed across the lake and set up to start fishing some deep water docks, after some time my daughter made the comment "it's making me a little nervous with the amount of water in the bottom of the boat" I looked back and holy crap there was about an inch of water in the floor and the water was just about to come out of the hatches. We were sitting in about 15 feet of water (51° water) yes I paniced I looked around and saw a small beachy area across the cove I jumped in the driver seat fired the motor noticed the trolling motor was still down jumped up pulled up the trolling motor jumped back in the driver seat and with my panic and tunnel vision didn't notice that the wind has pushed us close to the dock, turn the boat slammed it in gear the rear of the boat with 300 lbs of water in it swung around and bam right into the dock pillion our situation just got worse. We made it to the shallow water and commenced to pumping out water. After about 2 hours the water is down enough so we put it on plain went back across the lake put on the trailer and that was that. Throughout the whole ordeal my daughter stayed perfectly calm. She said she has faced one of her biggest fears and is ready to get back on the boat.

 

6 minutes ago, fishnkamp said:

I spoke with my friend Bryan. He said to call Potomac Marine and ask for the name of the fiberglass shop they use. The fiberglass shop is located in Richmond Virginia.   I hope that is close enough for you to work with.  Potomac Marine's phone number is 703-670-0080. They are located in Woodbridge but use a Richmond VA repair shop.

 

Thanks for the info I will call tomorrow . I live about 30 minutes south of Richmond 

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Good Luck. I know he trusts Potomac Marine completely and I believe several of his pro staff have used the fiberglass shop.

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