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    I’ll get to what happened later, but I’m looking for some advice on what to do. I’m definitely going to get an estimate to have it done, but does this look like something I can do myself? Can I just use the spectrum gelcoat repair stuff to fill it all in or do I need to do fiberglass repair also? The other question is can I use the boat like this or should I get it repaired first? Of course it happens right before Labor Day weekend and we had planned on being out in the boat all weekend. I know that water will soak into the fiberglass and I will need to let it dry before repairing, so will too much water soak in if I use it? How long should I let it dry before making the repair?

    As far as getting it professionally repaired…is Midwest MC the place to go or are there any other suggestions in the Twin Cities area? Do they do their own gel repair or send it out?

    So here’s what happened…my wife and I were out on Prior Lake in MN last night. I’ve never really liked this lake all that much and we normally go to Minnetonka or the river but Prior is close to home. We decided to head back into Candy Cove because we had never been back there. There’s a small channel that leads back there with some structure right in the middle of the channel and also some no wake buoys. We enter on the right side and have no problems. On our way out I stay to the right of this structure (which would be the opposite side we entered on). As we come up to it I see that a buoy a little ahead of me and to the right is marking a rock. So I veer a little left to stay away from the rock and it puts me a little closer to this structure. I’m naturally assuming it’s deep next to this thing because it goes straight down. Then BAM. My heart drops and I go up to the front to see a huge concrete slab under the front of my boat. It had to have been about 6 feet square and 4 feet tall, sitting 8-10 inches under the water. I was fuming. I have no idea why they would mark a rock 20 feet away but a $*&#ing concrete slab is not marked. What a way to ruin a perfect night.
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    1993 ProStar 205, 351 HO, 1:1

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    Ouch! A dealer is just going to farm it out and mark up the price. Just find a reputable glass guy. I don't think that will be a real expensive fix.

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    • #3
      I would just do a quick repair job for the weekend activitites and worry about getting it done correctly afterwards.

      Get the fiberglass sealed up as best as possible without making a bigger mess than it is already.

      I would tend to have a professional do it as it is on an angle but that is just my opinion.

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      • #4
        Our local glass guy would have that fixed up in no time.

        Really not that bad. Don't beat yourself up over it.
        Bailey
        '02 X-9
        Lake Blue Ridge

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        • #5
          Sorry to hear this gimme! I believe Adam is still with Midwest MC and if so does a stellar job with repairs and gel.

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          • #6
            No biggy at at... Do it yourself. tape of the damaged area.. get the loosened gel coat off get matching gel coat... someone just fixed theirs here... at this link

            http://www.mastercraft.com/teamtalk/...ad.php?t=56807

            have a friend on prior lake.. it is a goofy lake in parts.... sorry to read about the damage.
            sigpic...A bad day water skiing still beats a good day at work...1995 Pro Star 205....

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            • #7
              Thanks guys. I did repair some small nicks from a previous owner with the spectrum gel and it turned out real nice. I have some left over so maybe I'll at least get one layer on it to use it this weekend. Being that it was just in the water last night, is the fiberglass dry enough to do the repair today or should I let it dry out longer? I put a fan on it this morning to help speed up the dry time.
              1993 ProStar 205, 351 HO, 1:1

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              • #8
                Hard to believe it isn't worse than that. I would do a quick repair to seal it up, then do a proper repair at the end of the season.

                Buy some fiberglass resin & hardener and some white color, mask it off, mix it up and paint on a couple coats.

                Get your supplies here. They are less than half the price than getting this from a marine dealer.

                http://www.expresscomposites.com/
                - Peter
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by gimmemoedmb View Post
                  Thanks guys. I did repair some small nicks from a previous owner with the spectrum gel and it turned out real nice. I have some left over so maybe I'll at least get one layer on it to use it this weekend. Being that it was just in the water last night, is the fiberglass dry enough to do the repair today or should I let it dry out longer? I put a fan on it this morning to help speed up the dry time.
                  Clean with acetone.. should be dry... there's some good vids on youtube. just be patient and make the repair are as small as possible. I had a gash in the bottom of mine - trailer too deep - doh! Here's the after...I did not ever want to see the gouge again...

                  I see a bit of glass scraped away... you may want to add a bit of glass filler.
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                  sigpic...A bad day water skiing still beats a good day at work...1995 Pro Star 205....

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by thatsmrmastercraft View Post
                    Hard to believe it isn't worse than that. I would do a quick repair to seal it up, then do a proper repair at the end of the season.

                    Buy some fiberglass resin & hardener and some white color, mask it off, mix it up and paint on a couple coats.

                    Get your supplies here. They are less than half the price than getting this from a marine dealer.

                    http://www.expresscomposites.com/
                    Thanks peter - another resource for the file...
                    sigpic...A bad day water skiing still beats a good day at work...1995 Pro Star 205....

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by mikeg205 View Post
                      Thanks peter - another resource for the file...
                      They are a great resource, and only a 10 minute drive from my house.
                      - Peter
                      TANDEM AXLE PACKAGE - $950 DELIVERED WHEEL IMAGE
                      5 14X5.5 T06 WHEELS W/5 ST215/75R14 KENDA LOADSTAR RADIALS SS CENTER CAPS, LUGS, MOUNTED, BALANCED & READY TO INSTALL

                      PM or email me for tire, wheel or package pricing.
                      CARBURETOR REBUILDING - $125 + PARTS
                      LED lights, Chrome & Powder Coated Lugs
                      2 LED 6" BRAKE LIGHTS DELIVERED $25

                      tiresplease@gmail.com

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by thatsmrmastercraft View Post
                        Hard to believe it isn't worse than that. I would do a quick repair to seal it up, then do a proper repair at the end of the season.

                        Buy some fiberglass resin & hardener and some white color, mask it off, mix it up and paint on a couple coats.

                        Get your supplies here. They are less than half the price than getting this from a marine dealer.

                        http://www.expresscomposites.com/
                        I really am surprised it wasn't worse. Which fiberglass resin is best to use? I would love to just use the the spectrum patch kit because it would be easiest, but I do feel like I should fill in the fiberglass a bit first. Does the fiberglass resin seal it so I would be able to use it this weekend? Then I could finish with the spectrum later? Turns out my old spectrum patch is dried up so I will need to order more anyway.
                        1993 ProStar 205, 351 HO, 1:1

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by gimmemoedmb View Post
                          I really am surprised it wasn't worse. Which fiberglass resin is best to use? I would love to just use the the spectrum patch kit because it would be easiest, but I do feel like I should fill in the fiberglass a bit first. Does the fiberglass resin seal it so I would be able to use it this weekend? Then I could finish with the spectrum later? Turns out my old spectrum patch is dried up so I will need to order more anyway.
                          No problem with the fiberglass repair as a temporary measure. Be sure to put on enough to cover any damage but you don't need to overlap the edges by much. Simple to grind out at the end of the season and do a proper gel repair. First time doing gel work needs to be a slow process. Once you get then hang of it, you can do quick repairs without a problem.
                          - Peter
                          TANDEM AXLE PACKAGE - $950 DELIVERED WHEEL IMAGE
                          5 14X5.5 T06 WHEELS W/5 ST215/75R14 KENDA LOADSTAR RADIALS SS CENTER CAPS, LUGS, MOUNTED, BALANCED & READY TO INSTALL

                          PM or email me for tire, wheel or package pricing.
                          CARBURETOR REBUILDING - $125 + PARTS
                          LED lights, Chrome & Powder Coated Lugs
                          2 LED 6" BRAKE LIGHTS DELIVERED $25

                          tiresplease@gmail.com

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                          • #14
                            Sorry, I think I'm a bit confused. My thought was I would fill in with fiberglass filler first where I lost fiberglass, then use the spectrum patch kit to finish it off. But I guess now that I think about it I won't fill the whole gouge in with filler because I didn't lose fiberglass everywhere so that wouldn't be enough to get me out this weekend. I would need to cover the whole area first.

                            I'm starting to think I might just do it right the first time so I don't have to go back and fix it later. Any recommendations on what fiberglass filler to use? I read on some other forum that the polyester fillers aren't good for boats but that seems to be what the local auto parts stores carry.
                            1993 ProStar 205, 351 HO, 1:1

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by gimmemoedmb View Post
                              Sorry, I think I'm a bit confused. My thought was I would fill in with fiberglass filler first where I lost fiberglass, then use the spectrum patch kit to finish it off. But I guess now that I think about it I won't fill the whole gouge in with filler because I didn't lose fiberglass everywhere so that wouldn't be enough to get me out this weekend. I would need to cover the whole area first.

                              I'm starting to think I might just do it right the first time so I don't have to go back and fix it later. Any recommendations on what fiberglass filler to use? I read on some other forum that the polyester fillers aren't good for boats but that seems to be what the local auto parts stores carry.
                              The polyester resins not as strong as vinyl resins... I would recommend the west systems products... or the ones Thatmrmastercraft recommends. If you have a west marine close by they usually have the product on the shelf.
                              sigpic...A bad day water skiing still beats a good day at work...1995 Pro Star 205....

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