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Customer Testimonial: Boat
Repairs After Accident.
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“Our family owns several boats here on Lake Lanier, and all have been serviced by Lakeside Marine for many years. They are our trusted professional boat repair shop located just nearby. We have college aged sons and teenage daughters that use the boats everyday and have a great time during the summer. Well, and unfortunate “mishap” occurred between our ski boat and our tritoon boat. Thankfully it was at low speed, but both boats got damaged. Ugh! And our ski boat had a big ugly hole pierced through the bow. Luckily, our insurance covered the repairs. Lakeside Marine did an amazing job on our fiberglass repair and you absolutely cannot tell that there was severe damage. They were able to get our boat insurance repair job completed surprisingly fast. And our tritoon was back in the water and being used just a few days after the mishap. Our boats look and perform like new, and we are so pleased with the boat repair service that we get at Lakeside Marine, that I just wanted to share with others. If you have a boat repair from an insurance claim, Lakeside Marine is the best choice to repair your boat. They are actually your best choice for any boat repairs and maintenance. We are forever grateful, and everyone is relieved, especially those darn kids. Thank you Lakeside Marine for keeping our boats running smoothly.”
Customer Testimonial: Insurance Claim for Fiberglass and Mechanical Repair With Perfect Results
“I had my truck and boat parked in a wide-open spot in the parking lot of a big box store. In a nightmarish scenario, some clown in a motorhome managed to back into the stern of my boat and totaled the outdrive, broke off the trim tab, and caved in the fiberglass on the rear corner of the stern. It was ugly, and I could have cried. Thank God for insurance! But with a boat insurance claim repair, I feared my boat would be out of commission for the season, especially with a multi-faceted job. I towed my boat straight to Lakeside Marine, because they’ve done all of my boat repairs and boat maintenance for many years. These guys are pros, and I had seen some of their boat fiberglass repair work in the past and it was excellent. The capable crew at Lakeside Marine tackled this complex repair job, and exactly 18 days later, I was out on the water and my boat looked beautiful and performed perfectly. Amazing work, and stupendous customer service by the team at Lakeside Marine. They made this boat insurance repair job seamless and easy. Thank you Lakeside Marine for being such a professional boat repair shop close to me. I live on Lake Lanier, just up the road, and we are blessed that our local repair shop is also the very best boat repair shop on all of Lake Lanier. Thank you team at Lakeside Marine. You’re the best!”
How to repair fiberglass boat
Fiber Choices For Fiberglass Repair
The most common type of fabric is plain weave cloth. It is easily recognized as it is woven at 90 degrees, and it looks like cloth. It comes in different weights, and a thicker cloth is stronger. One limitation of plain weave cloth is that it doesn’t conform to complex shapes or curves. It’s best applied on an even plane. For complex shapes and compound curves that require strength, the best fabric is modified twill. Its weave appears to be diagonal, but in reality, it is also woven at 90 degrees and is a looser weave with flexibility. It can conform to complex shapes without wrinkling.
The most flexible fabric is called a mat. It has hair-like strands going in every direction. Mat is bonded with glue that dissolves in polyester resin, enabling it to conform easily to complex shapes or compound curves. However, it has less strength and is often used in cosmetic applications unless built up in many layers. Lastly is a fabric called roving. This is a fabric that has course bundles of strands in its weave. It is a very heavy fabric for the strongest of applications. It will be used in combination with layers of mat to give a smooth final surface.
Repairing a Hole With Fiberglass
When repairing a hole with fiberglass, repairs are best made by access from both the inside and the outside of the repair. However, access from the interior may not always be possible because a floor or interior wall may block access. If it’s a serious structural repair in a high-stress area, you’ll have little choice but to cut a hole through the floor or wall to access the inside of the repair. However, doing a repair from the outside only is possible for small repairs or repairs in low-stress areas.
The first thing to do is assess the damage carefully by cleaning the exterior with acetone. This will make hairline cracks evident, and you’ll want to grind all the way back until the crack terminates. First, using a 4-inch grinder with 80-grit sandpaper, grind or cut away any broken material in the perimeter of the hole that lacks structural integrity. Then with the grinder, taper the edges of the hole using a 12:1 rule. That is, taper back the edge of the hole at an angle that is 12 times the overall thickness of the fiberglass material.
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