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 Post subject: fiberglass repair
PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 2009 12:16 pm 
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Hi every one i am wondering how to fix the top deck on the hull because mine has a small soft spot about 7 inches by 7 inches so coulndt i just drill a big hole and put a porthole?? or what? so how should i do it?


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 Post subject: Re: fiberglass repair
PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 2009 1:49 pm 
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Sure, you could in stall a porthole. Where is the soft spot located? I would wonder if it was close to the tramp post, if installing a porthole would affect the hull's strctural integrity. I defer to the two great Matt's!!! :mrgreen: Either Matt Miller or Matt Bounds should know! :D Have a Hobie day!

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 Post subject: Re: fiberglass repair
PostPosted: Tue Nov 03, 2009 1:58 pm 
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In "Help with Repairs", the Sailing FAQ in these forums or the Support pages... its covered.

Sailing FAQ: http://www.hobiecat.com/community/viewforum.php?f=18

De-lamination Post: http://www.hobiecat.com/community/viewtopic.php?f=18&t=1156

Support Pages: http://www.hobiecat.com/support/index-sail.html

Support De-lamination info: http://www.hobiecat.com/support/tech/delam.html

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 Post subject: Re: fiberglass repair
PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 2009 12:39 pm 
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awesom thx so much guys but mmiller. on the delamination page it says drill holles in the top but i cant go throught the hole deck so wouldnt that be hard because i would think that the top of the hull is only like no even a centimeter thick? so how would be the best way to do that?


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 Post subject: Re: fiberglass repair
PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 2009 2:01 pm 
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harrison wrote:
awesom thx so much guys but mmiller. on the delamination page it says drill holles in the top but i cant go throught the hole deck so wouldnt that be hard because i would think that the top of the hull is only like no even a centimeter thick? so how would be the best way to do that?


Drill stop:
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http://www.drillspot.com/products/309015/General_Tools_S838_6PC_Drill_Stop_Set

If you're careful, just wrap duct tape around the drill bit where you want it to stop ~ 3/16"


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 Post subject: Re: fiberglass repair
PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 2009 2:21 pm 
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Using VERY LITTLE pressure on the drill, you pierce the outer skin. Then, just the weight of the drill will push through the foam. You just have to be careful not to pierce the inner skin. I wrap masking tape around the pit as a stop / depth indicator.

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 Post subject: Re: fiberglass repair
PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 2009 7:27 pm 
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ok so how many cm should i go down?


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 Post subject: Re: fiberglass repair
PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 2009 8:23 pm 
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harrison wrote:
ok so how many cm should i go down?


Not cm. Millimeters. About 3 to 4 mm.


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