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Old Dec 28, 2012, 04:26 PM
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Soling 1m repair

My Soling 1m took a bad tumble today, and has cracks in the hull below the keel. Any good ideas on how to repair this..My favorite boat.
I thought about glueing a sheet of .015 plastic inside the hull over the cracked area, then filling from the outside. Watcha think?
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Old Dec 28, 2012, 05:50 PM
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I have repaired a couple of Soling's by using light glass cloth, 1/2 once, and epoxy resin (West System) on the inside. Make sure to sand the surface you are going to glue and then keep it clean before applying the resin. If you put tape on the outside of the hull over the cracks the resin will fill the gap and leave you a surface on the outside that you can sand and finish. Maybe with a little filler added if the surface is fully filled.
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Old Dec 28, 2012, 06:23 PM
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I have often thought of glassing the whole hull. I can't think of anythig better than a glass Soling. I love the design, the looks, the handling and speed, but that plastic is horrible. Here in South Texas I am afraid to leave mine in the back of my car in fear thst it would melt.
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Old Dec 28, 2012, 07:39 PM
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Fiberglass mat and resin will do the trick. The hull will be stronger once the repairs are completed. I suggest a little practice before actually making the repairs. Get to know how the materials and cure time. Set up your work area ahead of time with everything you will need to insure a smooth process.
Try repair a large soda bottle or something similar to get used to working with the fiberglass matting and resin. That will give some confidence when you begin the actual repairs.
Fiberglass is really a user friendly product, but it does take a little practice to be really good at it. Youtube should have a number of How to videos to watch - before starting.
Good luck
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Old Dec 29, 2012, 10:46 AM
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The S1M is made of polystyrene, one of the quickest plastics to decay. If you race the boat, weighing it down with crack repairs isn't going to keep you competitive.
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Old Dec 29, 2012, 11:03 AM
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:Could you use it as a mold?
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Old Dec 30, 2012, 09:49 AM
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Soling repair

How old is the boat? If the damage is large, and you would like to do an up-date on your boat to make it all new again, then the answer could lie with Victor. They sell a hull and deck separatly. You could use all the rest from your Soling.
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Old Dec 30, 2012, 01:36 PM
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If racing competitively - then "Benndave" has the best answer. If racing only local (low key) or not racing, then a layer of 4 oz. cloth as suggested is best. No need for Mat - just cloth
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Old Dec 30, 2012, 02:15 PM
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A few years ago they voted on and now allow boats without bulkheads, when that happened a bunch of guys built boats that had carbon fiber and or fiberglass cloth (not mat) in place of the bulkheads. I saw several boats with a lot of glass cloth inside them and since they came out close to minimum weight they were competitive at the highest levels.

It does not take a thick and heavy glass cloth to fix those boats, I repaired several with one or two layers of 1/2 once depending on how big the crack was.
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