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A difficult fiberglass repair location on a Parker 27

Submitted by Marv Kowalewski (US member)

I have successfully made repairs to the bottom of my Parker 27.

Being on a lift and bounced around enough to split the bunk support under the boat caused serious but clean 2 inch holes in the area to the left and right side of the bulkhead separating cabin from engine - and just under the refridgerator.

I managed to unglue/unscrew the refridgerator and lift up as high as possible (I don't think it can be removed by coming straight up - if at all) - then I cut a hole in the bulkhead separating refridgerator from sink. The only way here is to lay on your belly to work, but I was able to grind the glass and prep the holes for repair.

I then had to get into a dinghy (the boat is still up on the lift but jacked up) and cover the holes from the outside with stiff plastic sheet taped down over the holes to prevent too many fiberglass leaks from the inside.

Fiberglass matting was cut to fit over the areas and allowed to sink into the prepared holes. Layer after layer of fiberglass resin mixed with a glass powder was used between the mat and the hole was gradually filled. Fiberglass matting was cut to fit over the areas and allowed to sink into the prepared holes. Layer after layer of fiberglass resin mixed with a glass powder was used between the mat and the hole was gradually filled.

Working on the stomach is not fun!

For your information, the bottom of a Parker 27 is quite thick (3/8 to 1/2 inch) and doubled around the bulkheads.

External finish required a sanding and a little more glass to fill small spots. I have cystic copper (appears to work well in Florida) and that will need touching up---she now is smooth and ready for water.

Marv Kowalewski, Parker 27 #138