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Author:  Shawner [ April 3rd, 2006, 9:01 am ]
Post subject:  ABS Repair

Just wondering how other folks fix ABS boats that have taken water into the hull(foam), So far we just cut out the rotten foam and then fill in the space with accupak and the skidplate over it....any other, more gracefull techniques?

Is there an epoxy that will get right into the spongey layer of the hull?
Shawner

Author:  DougB [ April 3rd, 2006, 10:04 am ]
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I'm currently repairing a Royalex boat with the same problem as you describe. I'm by no means any expert on this, but I was told that you could drill a series of holes around the soft or delaminated area, inject epoxy and vacum bag it. This probably only works for a small area. I myself used the same method you describe. I cut out the bad area, filled it with plastic, and put a kevlar patch over top.

Author:  Canucnu [ November 8th, 2007, 2:54 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: ABS Repair

Shawner wrote:
Just wondering how other folks fix ABS boats that have taken water into the hull(foam), So far we just cut out the rotten foam and then fill in the space with accupak and the skidplate over it....any other, more gracefull techniques?

Is there an epoxy that will get right into the spongey layer of the hull?
Shawner


You should try Devcon Plastic welder. It cures fast, very sandable, and because it has methylmethacralite in it, the heat exchange will bond very well. You can get it at any hardware store for around $10 or so.
I have fixed at least 20 ABS boats with the stuff so far.

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