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 Post subject: repair to fiberglass
PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 8:46 am 
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Just about to buy an old Hobie 16 cat and in one area a soft spot.....cracked and spongy. What is the best way to repair something like this.

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 Post subject: Re: repair to fiberglass
PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 10:37 am 
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Welcome!

Search the forum for "soft spot repair"- lots of information on this.

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 Post subject: Re: repair to fiberglass
PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 11:52 am 
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capron23 wrote:
Just about to buy an old Hobie 16 cat and in one area a soft spot.....cracked and spongy. What is the best way to repair something like this.

Cheers g


"Just about to buy" as in you haven't actually purchased it yet?? Perhaps you may want to rethink buying this particular boat.

"Cracked and spongy" are not qualities you want to see when looking at used Hobies. If you haven't bought the boat yet, you may find it's in your best interest to keep looking for a better boat.

The injection repair presented above works for small areas of delam. But if the area is cracked and spongy, that could likely mean that the fiberglass skins are fractured and the foam core is deteriorated and/or water logged. This could mean a more involved repair than simply squirting in some resin.

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 Post subject: Re: repair to fiberglass
PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2013 11:59 am 
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capron23 wrote:
Just about to buy an old Hobie 16 cat and in one area a soft spot.....cracked and spongy. What is the best way to repair something like this.

Cheers g


"Just about to buy" as in you haven't actually purchased it yet?? Perhaps you may want to rethink buying this particular boat.

"Cracked and spongy" are not qualities you want to see when looking at used Hobies. If you haven't bought the boat yet, you may find it's in your best interest to keep looking for a better boat.

The injection repair presented above works for small areas of delam. But if the area is cracked and spongy, that could likely mean that the fiberglass skins are fractured and the foam core is deteriorated and/or water logged. This could mean a more involved repair than simply squirting in some resin.

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Run Away! There are lots of good 16s out there. Be picky.

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 Post subject: Re: repair to fiberglass
PostPosted: Thu Jul 11, 2013 6:18 am 
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I would stay away from any Hobie with cracks but I've never been worried about soft areas on the decks of the hulls.... unless they're close to the pylons. I've owned Hobies all of my life, and have used the epoxy injection method for repairs.

Always remember to cover your decks with masking tape :)

And if you're lazy like me, there's no need to remove the tramp. Just buy something like the Rockwell RW9273 Right Angle 1/4-inch Drill Drive Accessory... put a masking tape stop on your drill so you don't pierce the lower layer of glass... and easy schmeazy inject away!

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