Aphers Posted August 7, 2022 Report Share Posted August 7, 2022 Well it had to happen some day. We got bumped by a large motorboat this afternoon, and it hit our Spindrift which, in the davits, was just at the right (or wrong?) height. I'm still out at anchor and the dinghy is still in the davits, so it's not very easy to see the damage in full. But first impression is that the starboard side, which was facing aft and was hit, seems fine. The port side has some serious cracks where it was pressed up against the davits. Up front, the ply has split from gunwale down to the chine, right at the forward bulkhead. At the stern, it has split from a point about half way along the locker/seat, running forward and then down the front edge of the same. It sounded horrific, and all happened very quickly. I actually jumped on to the offending motorboat and ran straight up his windscreen, screaming at him. That finally got his attention. Anyway, I am cautiously optimistic that it is repairable. My thinking is to use glass tape and epoxy, much as I did when I joined the sheets of plywood at the start of the build. Questions: - should I glass the outside of the repair (the boat is not sheathed)? - what weight of cloth, how many layers, what area to cover? - should I try to rejoin the split ply exactly as it is (epoxy plus clamps etc) or should I clean up the damage line and then refill with thickened epoxy? We both have insurance but having looked at the damage, the other skipper would prefer to just pay me for the materials, and find me a place to do the work. I'll also need him to supply me with a dinghy to use in the meantime. If he's generous enough and doesn't argue then I'm inclined to accept the offer. If I could get some professional advice on how to proceed that would certainly be very helpful. Anyway I'm off for a beer now... Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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