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PostPosted: Mon Jan 22, 2018 8:38 am 
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Hi Gang, gutted as just received sad news from sailing club that a recent storm tipped over my newish to me Hobie 16 and drove one of the hulls into a ground stake.

Does this damage look like it is repairable, any advice and suggestions most welcome on the matter.
These are the best pictures I have at moment to evaluate damage.
Hoping to visit to access further later this week whether permitting.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 22, 2018 9:59 am 
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its just fiberglass work. It should be very repairable. You can probably do it yourself, or a professional should be able to make quick work of it.

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 22, 2018 10:08 am 
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Thanks for your reply.

I have done some fibreglass work on my previous Hobie 16 hulls, rebuilding the bottom with woven glass and epoxy and it came out fine.
Guess I was looking for some encouragement as this looks to be more extensive and on closer inspection of photos appears the ground stake has gone right through both sides.
The other reason I am concerned as not sure if the area of this damage is structural in nature as it close to front pylon.
The crappy thing about this is that I bought this boat in June last year and only got to sail her once as a week later I broke two ribs in my back that put me out of action for rest of season. :cry:
Never ending drama! :roll:
Found an interesting article on fibreglass repair:
http://www.pbo.co.uk/expert-advice/repairing-holes-in-grp-26713

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 22, 2018 10:17 am 
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It's certainly repairable, but it will be a considerable amount of work, so depending on the age and overall condition of the hull, you might be better off just sourcing a new hull.

If the damage extends up into the hull flange (where the deck and hull side wall are joined) the repair becomes a bit more involved. If the damage is isolated to just the side of the hull, then it won't be too bad. It also depends on how cosmetically perfect you want the repair to be.

Check out the May/June 2008 Hotline for a good article on this type of repair.

Basically you need to bond in a fiberglass backer inside the hull. Then bond 3/8" thick high density foam to the backer, and then an outer layer of fiberglass over the whole thing. Then fair it and gelcoat it. You are essentially rebuilding the hull structure back to it's original condition one step at a time. You definitely want to make sure you do a decent job because this is a highly loaded part of the hull being right in front of the pylon.

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