Re: [Amel] Deck locker fiberglass repair
Paul LaFrance <pflafrance@...>
Tom & Kirstin
We had a similar problem. We used stainless steel washers that we cut out for the fork opening. We then ground out the underside of the forks to fit the washer in, then epoxied it in place. We then colour matched the fibreglass gel and covered it and sanded it. The Stainless Steel washer can not be seen. We have done this as the forks break as the ones that break appear to be mostly resin with little fibreglass in them
Paul & Sue LaFrance
SV NOMAD SM #362
Date: Wed, 4 May 2011 21:47:39 +0000
Subject: [Amel] Deck locker fiberglass repair
Apologies if someone has already posted the answer to this question- I wasn't able to find anything in the database on my own. A few of the fiberglass forks on deck lockers (against which the nob tightens and creates the seal) are badly chipped, resulting in the nob not grabbing properly. I'm sure this has happened to other boats and I was wondering about repair strategies.
Obviously this is an awkward place for both apoxy as well as fiberglass repair due to the shape and strength requirements......Cutting it completely off in order to affix a newly molded fork seems a big production. Would love to hear what the experts have done, especially the materials used.
Tom and Kirstin