Does this gelcoat need to be repaired??

Discussion in 'Sport Boats' started by Searayguy185, Sep 7, 2017.

  1. Searayguy185

    Searayguy185 Member

    75
    Jul 17, 2017
    Wisconsin
    2004 Sea Ray 185 Sport 4.3 V6,

    2008 Toyota Highlander Sport
    Mercruiser 4.3 V6, Alpha 1 Generation 2
    I wanted to get people's opinion on if this repair is necessary or more of a cosmetic repair. I keep the boat out of the water on my trailer 90% of the time. A few times a year I'll go on a vacation where it's kept in the water a few nights. Thanks for your responses.
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  2. fwebster

    fwebster Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 6, 2006
    Middle Tennessee ; Panama City Beach, FL
    1996 450DA
    3116 Caterpillars
    This is a bit more than a boo-boo. The substrait is exposed, plus it is ugly. I'd have it repaired if it were mine.
     
  3. JimG

    JimG Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Nov 4, 2008
    Southern WV
    2007 310 DA
    Kohler 5ECD
    Twin 350 Mags
    Raw Water Cooled
    V-Drives
    Yes, You need to have that repaired... If it were mine, I would do it myself, but I've got some experience already.

    One option would be to install a keel guard.
     
  4. Searayguy185

    Searayguy185 Member

    75
    Jul 17, 2017
    Wisconsin
    2004 Sea Ray 185 Sport 4.3 V6,

    2008 Toyota Highlander Sport
    Mercruiser 4.3 V6, Alpha 1 Generation 2
    If i put a keel guard on, do you think the repair needs to be done or could i put the guard overtop?
     
  5. JimG

    JimG Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Nov 4, 2008
    Southern WV
    2007 310 DA
    Kohler 5ECD
    Twin 350 Mags
    Raw Water Cooled
    V-Drives
    I would probably seal it up with something like 3M's 5200 and then apply the guard... those guards glue on and should seal it up, but I would like the double protection.
     
  6. fwebster

    fwebster Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 6, 2006
    Middle Tennessee ; Panama City Beach, FL
    1996 450DA
    3116 Caterpillars
    Really......?

    I've never seen a keel guard put on the chine of a boat, and, if I am looking at the photos right, that is where the damage is.

    Saving money on a repair is one thing but this is actually a more expensive idea than just fixing the boat the right way. A 6ft Keel Guard kit costs $160 + $20 for a tube of 3M 5200 and you have spent $180 for an ugly patch when a proper repair would probably cost $150.
     
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  7. Little Ducky

    Little Ducky Active Member

    931
    Jun 5, 2017
    Chattanooga TN/Dickson TN
    1998 SeaRay 290 Sundancer
    Twin EFI 5.0L w/Alpha 1 drives
    Ouch. Get'er fixed.

    Would take a professional a few hours and you won't even know it was like that in the end.
     
  8. Searayguy185

    Searayguy185 Member

    75
    Jul 17, 2017
    Wisconsin
    2004 Sea Ray 185 Sport 4.3 V6,

    2008 Toyota Highlander Sport
    Mercruiser 4.3 V6, Alpha 1 Generation 2
    I received two quotes from two different places by me and one was $500 and the other is $600. I feel like it should only take someone a couple hours.
     
  9. ygbsm

    ygbsm Member

    56
    Aug 22, 2016
    Knoxville, TN
    2015 230 SLX
    350 Mag/ Bravo III
    Ouch. Wow what caused that? Not judging, I just want to be educated.
     
  10. Searayguy185

    Searayguy185 Member

    75
    Jul 17, 2017
    Wisconsin
    2004 Sea Ray 185 Sport 4.3 V6,

    2008 Toyota Highlander Sport
    Mercruiser 4.3 V6, Alpha 1 Generation 2
    Two separate hits loading the boat on the trailer hitting the crossbar. At that point realized that my trailer was missing the black plastic protector piece that would prevent the boat from striking the metal crossbar. Expensive lesson.
     
  11. gerryb

    gerryb Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor

    Oct 12, 2006
    Somers Point, NJ
    "On Vacation"
    2006 40 Sundancer
    Raymarine E125 & HD Radar + Garmin 5208
    QSB5.9 380 Cummins
    Get it fixed. Keep the quotes you received and contact them both in mid-January, when business is slow and the xmas cc bills start rolling in...
     
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  12. BillK2632

    BillK2632 Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Jun 25, 2009
    Lake Norman, NC
    1999 185 Bowrider,
    Mercruiser 4.3, Alpha I
    That's not on the chine, it's along the keel, just the angle of the picture. I agree with Frank, not a big fan of keel guards, they do the job, but I think they are ugly. Plus, that needs some level of repair even if you were going to go the keel guard route. Note sure I would tackle this one if it were my first, but it's a DIY repair - $500-$600 seems a little steep unless there is something we aren't seeing.
     
  13. FootballFan

    FootballFan Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 20, 2012
    Florida
    Marquis 59
    MTU Series 60
    If it was me - would get it on the schedule to get repaired.

    Mark
     
  14. JimG

    JimG Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor

    Nov 4, 2008
    Southern WV
    2007 310 DA
    Kohler 5ECD
    Twin 350 Mags
    Raw Water Cooled
    V-Drives
    I knew it was the keel from reading this post earlier:
    http://clubsearay.com/index.php?threads/keel-hitting-concrete-boat-launch-when-loading.84119/
    I just threw the keel guard out as an option that he could do himself... as I said, I would fix the gel coat properly myself.
     
  15. kap2

    kap2 Member SILVER Sponsor

    148
    Oct 28, 2013
    Rhode Island
    370 Sundancer 1998
    Twin 7.4L Mercruiser V-drive
    +1 on all the "needs to be repaired" responses. The repair area will get bigger than just the exposed damaged seen in the photo because you need to grind it back until good glass with no voids are found. If you're not familiar with that work you should definitely go to a pro. This is not an area of the hull that short cuts should be considered.
     
  16. Searayguy185

    Searayguy185 Member

    75
    Jul 17, 2017
    Wisconsin
    2004 Sea Ray 185 Sport 4.3 V6,

    2008 Toyota Highlander Sport
    Mercruiser 4.3 V6, Alpha 1 Generation 2
    thank you everyone for your time. I will get fixed.
     
  17. gumbyjb

    gumbyjb Member

    46
    Apr 24, 2012
    Lake Cumberland
    2008 270 SLX, Titanium, sports arch
    496 Mag w/BIII
    If you're at all handy, you can do it yourself with a Spectrum Gel Coat repair kit. Comes color matched and is very easy to do. If you've ever done any bondo work or drywall repair, it's pretty much the same. $30 for a jar (it might take 2 jars for your repair) and $10 in assorted sandpaper and you will have a like new boat.

    I had a similar experience with mine. Coming in to load and boat next to me gunned their engine, throwing a wake at me causing me to get off center. Ended up hitting the side of the winch post and gouging a big piece out of the bow. I ordered a repair kit the next day and had it repaired to like new the next weekend.
     
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  18. searay205

    searay205 Member

    50
    Nov 27, 2016
    Houston
    2011 Searay sport
    5.0MPI Catalyst
    Would Marine tex be a good solution? The color probably wouldn't match.
     
  19. joelife

    joelife Member

    31
    Aug 15, 2017
    240 Sea Ray Sundancer 2008
    5.0 mag w/Bravo 111 drives
    Fix it properly it will cost around $500-800
     

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