Are you getting ready to make some big repairs on your boat?
Before you get started, make sure to take note of the following key tips for proper boat repair and what you want to avoid:
Tips for Proper Boat Repair and What to Avoid
- Begin with a thorough cleaning. Whether you’re repairing rotten wood or laying down new fiberglass, it is essential, to begin with, a thoroughly cleaned area. Scrub down your problem area and allow it to dry before getting started with any boat repair
- For wood repairs, remove all damaged and rotten wood. Like the adage of measure twice, cut once, when making wooden boat repairs you don’t want to have to go in and remove rotten wood more than once. So whether you’re working with rotten deck boards or cabinetry, it’s vital to remove any wood with signs of rot the first time around to avoid mold and rot from spreading.
- Throw away the nails. No modern boat should have nails in it (only corrosion-resistant screws), but this is especially true when it comes to flooring. Boat flooring and nails don’t go together because the holes for nails create gaps that allow for water intrusion. Such water intrusion creates an environment ripe for mold growth and rot so that in your repairs you’ll be creating a bigger mess if you should use nails.
- The best boating material is epoxy. When it comes to our own boat repair services, we always recommend the use of epoxy when making flooring repairs and filling gaps. Marine grade epoxy is waterproof and creates solid seals that will prevent water intrusion and reinforce the structure of the boat.
For more information about boat repairs and how to use epoxy to repair your boat, contact our team today.