Re: Repairing holes in aft cabin trunk / deck
Congratulations Elise and Kevin. Looks like a nice boat you’ve got yourselves! For the reason you’ve described, I strive to avoid putting any new holes in the boat because of the risk of eventual water intrusion. Amels are incredibly dry yachts in their original design.toggle quoted messageShow quoted text
I had a solar arch made to replace smaller davits already in place on the stern. These left holes in the stern that communicated with the stern lazarette. To fill the holes, I redrilled them and chamfered inside and outside. After carefully cleaning with acetone, I filled the holes with West System epoxy, using the UV and water protectant high density filler. This filler allows you to achieve a peanut butter consistency. Using a syringe, it can be inserted into the holes which have already been masked with tape. The epoxy is easily workable and a putty knife is used to trim away any excess. Before fully curing, remove tape.
Lightly sand when fully cured and re apply gel coat to the areas. I like to use way less gelcoat so that I can apply multiple coats to count our it better. You can feather it and color match by trial and error and it works out well. Getting the same surface texture is difficult and I don’t have any tricks on that yet! I would not keep hardware in place because it will eventually leak and corrosion will eventually set in.
Sv Soteria #347
Las perlas, Panama
On Jan 14, 2020, at 5:11 PM, Kevin Fox via Groups.Io <foxkm@...> wrote: