How is Fiberglass Repair Done?
It’s not uncommon for yacht owners to find a small dent, crack, or a hole in the hull after a run with the yacht. A compromised hull is always a serious issue that needs to be addressed as quickly as possible. A good yacht repair company would be able to fix the problem in a matter of days, depending on the size of the damage.
Fiberglass repair isn’t as difficult as it sounds but it needs to be done properly if you want a solid repair job. At Foster’s Yacht Services, we offer thorough repairs that would last for a long time. We also ensure that the repair is invisible on the surface. Here’s how we do it.
First, we observe the damage carefully. If possible, we like to work from the inside out, as it reduces the work that needs to be done during the finishing. Once we’ve determined the extent of the damage, we need to start preparing for the fiberglass yacht repair. We’ll need to open up the hole to remove the entire damaged surface.
For that, we consider the size of the hole and the thickness of the hull. A ½ inch thick hull with a 3 inch hole would require a bevel of about 15 inches. The ratio is 12:1 here. We clean the prepared area with acetone to remove all the debris. That’s absolutely vital for the fiberglass coating to stick.
The Patching Process
After we grind the bevel around the damage, we follow the process explained below. This leads to the best yacht repair and it can’t be noticed from the outside.
We create a backer to hold the fiberglass fabric in place. If we don’t do it, the resin would cause the glass to cave in.
We mix in the polyester or vinylester resin with the MEKP, i.e., methyl ethyl ketone peroxide, which is a catalyst.
We add a layer of fiberglass fabric and apply the resin-MEKP mix to bond the layers together.
After we’ve applied all the layers needed, we seal them with either plastic or a PVA mold. This allows the resin to cure and harden to full strength.
When the resin is fully cured, we proceed with the finishing process of the yacht repair. If you have any questions and suggestions, or want to hire our services, just give us at Foster’s Yacht Services a call on this number 954 524 9098. You can get in touch with us by filling in this Contact Us form. You can also email us at email@example.com. We look forward to hearing from you.
Our Friends at Bluewater Chair Made A New Foldable Teak Chair
Posted by Chris Savage on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 12:00:00 am
Bluewater Chairs introduces a reclining, folding teak chair suitable for table dining. It’s not often you can find a dual-purpose, reclining, teak folding chair. Most of the time, reclining chairs are too low to be placed at a dining table. However, Bluewater Chairs has introduced such a chair.
These chairs are great for a yacht, eliminating the need for twice as many chairs to serve multiple functions. Also, functional around a pool deck, these chairs are rugged and can stand the outdoor elements.
This teak chair can be finished in any way you wish. So, if it’s high gloss you are looking for, or a natural, oiled finish, Bluewater can do it.
Bluewater Chairs was founded in 1988 in the heart of the yachting and sportfishing capital of the world, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. They build the finest fighting chairs and rocket launchers in the industry. In addition to chairs and launchers, they also manufacture custom wood tables and chairs for yachts or outside patios.
If you would like more information about choosing the right chair, or you just have general questions about their products, please give them a call at ( 954-522-4238 )
Over the last few days we have been finalizing the FRP laminations process for Foster’s Yacht Services. This is the process that we abide by for fiberglass. Anything and everything that is done regarding fiberglass will adhere to the ABS standards, which takes a lot more time and energy to do but in the end the results are unmatched. Perfection is our middle name and we did not stay in this industry for 27 years to produce substandard fiberglass repair and construction work. If you ever have any questions for us please don’t hesitate to call us at (954) 524-9098.
Removable Hull Flare (YOU HAVE TO SEE THIS!)
Posted by Chris Savage on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 12:00:00 am
This boat was shipped from Europe and when going through the inlets and channels they will charge you by the foot. With this wonderful new idea they are capabale of reducing the size of the vessel by up to 20+ feet which will drop the price on the shipping by a lot. When you see a boat like this again, feel free to share it on our page! It's one of the coolest boats we've seen this year.
Sunseeker Sold to Chinese Company
Posted by Chris Savage on Thursday, June 20, 2013 at 12:00:00 am
Dalian Wanda Group Inc. purchased Sunseeeker for $500 million dollars.
The company aquired 92% of Sunseeker and left them with the 8% remaining and kept all their employees on board. The team is going to be extremely elite now ansd making things a lot better than they saw in the past.
They stated there going to build a 5 star luxury hotel in vicinity of Europe with their green property project, its proposed to have a 2.6 billion dollar investment already.
Cant wait to see the new future of Sunseeker!