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    Third time out in my beautiful Nova Craft Tuffstuff Pal and I've dinged it good and proper. I went down a small chute in a weir (I think it's called Lamarsh on The Stour) which is regularly used by canoes and the stern struck the concrete edge - about 10 inches in from the end of the canoe. It wasn't hard but it was an unlucky hit and has really shattered the gel coat. It's going to need sanding away and filling with gel coat over a large area.

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/HAkdUNjiotFb7hjA7

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/NBGX8AjfFmmoJnJ28




    Not sure if those links will work or not but the first is a photo of the damage as first seen. The second is once I'd removed the loose bits and started veeing out the cracks. There's still more to do and a knowledgable friend has said the whole lot needs sanding off and starting again.

    After the repair is made I'd like to reinforce the area at both ends. Reading about it looks like several layers of 6oz s-glass would be my best option but I've never heard of s-glass before.

    Would others agree that this would be the best option for reinforcing the ends without ruining the look and performance of the boat too much?

    Many thanks as always for any advice and opinions.

    Mike.

    (Two iPhone apps and another website and I've managed to post pictures !
    Last edited by Banzaibrothers; 19th-October-2018 at 03:17 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Banzaibrothers View Post
    Third time out in my beautiful Nova Craft Tuffstuff Pal and I've dinged it good and proper. I went down a small chute in a weir (I think it's called Lamarsh on The Stour) which is regularly used by canoes and the stern struck the concrete edge - about 10 inches in from the end of the canoe. It wasn't hard but it was an unlucky hit and has really shattered the gel coat. It's going to need sanding away and filling with gel coat over a large area.

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/HAkdUNjiotFb7hjA7

    https://photos.app.goo.gl/NBGX8AjfFmmoJnJ28



    Not sure if those links will work or not but the first is a photo of the damage as first seen. The second is once I'd removed the loose bits and started veeing out the cracks. There's still more to do and a knowledgable friend has said the whole lot needs sanding off and starting again.

    After the repair is made I'd like to reinforce the area at both ends. Reading about it looks like several layers of 6oz s-glass would be my best option but I've never heard of s-glass before.

    Would others agree that this would be the best option for reinforcing the ends without ruining the look and performance of the boat too much?

    Many thanks as always for any advice and opinions.

    Mike.
    If the fabric is not damaged I do not see there is much point in adding extra reinforcement.
    Nova Craft do bang plate kits in kevlar to match the gel coat which might be a better option if you want some reinforcement in this area.

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    I cant see your pics , but here are a couple of vids that will show how to repair and add skid plates

    https://youtu.be/37UiLw1j9hk

    https://youtu.be/ru_DceY3msA

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    Thanks for the links and the info.

    I was aware of the kits but they are Kevlar felt which adds drag and looks a bit naff. Reading other people's advice s-glass seems to be a stronger, sleeker version.

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    I can see your pics now ,For me I think you should get away with gel coat repair on that , as for the Kevlar skid plates adding drag, you will not notice the difference

    Ps nice canoe ,I have the very same one

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    Many thanks for the link Tyro.

    Jag, my worry is that it was a pretty gentle hit. I don't want to be petrified it's going to happen again, hence wanting to add some strength.

    Other than the fragility, I love the boat.

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