If this does not work, clean the area and sand lightly with 8. After ample drying time, sand the area using very
compound and wax.
00 to 600 wet or dry sandpaper and follow with rubbing
is still not satisfactory, repeat steps 2 through 8 as
If above the waterline, polish the area using a fiber-
glass rubbing compound and then wax. If the re-
paired area is below the waterline, the area should
be primed and painted in accordance with the anti-
fouling paint manufacturer’s instructions.
Stress cracks and crazing are the appearance of hairline
cracks in the gel coat surface. When present, these prob-
lems usually occur in the gel coat finish or the outer “skin
does not pose a threat to the structural integrity of the
boat. Inmostcases,theyarecosmeticandcanbetreated. Gel coat, like paint, will change colors with time and
Cosmetic surface damage can be repaired as follows:
ing” gel coat obtained from Four Winns may not match
the gel color of a boat that has been exposed. However,
1. Sand the surrounding area with medium or fine grit this is the closest match commercially available. A fi-
sandpaper. Clean all marine growth, dirt, antifouling berglass technician can tint the gel to be used in the
paint, etc. from the immediate area. DO NOT exces- repair to provide a closer color match.
sively scratch or gouge the surrounding area.
More severe fiberglass damage, especially when struc-
2. Use a hard, pointed tool to open the gel crack. Take tural, requires the expertise of an experienced fiberglass
care not to damage the surrounding gel coat.
repair technician. See your Four Winns dealer for as-
Sand the crack or gouge so the edges are smooth
and will allow proper “feathering” of the area.
Improper repair techniques can lead to further
4. Clean the area thoroughly. Make sure the area is dry
C. Osmotic Blistering
Be sure the structure and the ambient tempera-
ture are above 60 degrees F (15 degrees C) and
the relative humidity below 70% immediately be-
fore, during, and after the repair.
Osmotic blistering or “boat pox” is an unfortunate but not
uncommon occurrence in fiberglass boats. Fiberglass
is water retardant, not waterproof. When a boat is left in
the water for a period of time, the fiberglass will absorb
water. It is a natural process that can not be eliminated
. If the nick or gouge is deep and penetrates through in production methods or material selection and usage.
thegelcoat,filltheareawithfiberglasspatchingpaste. However, there are ways to control and possibly prevent
Followthedirectionsonthecanwhenmixingthepaste blisters (see Section P-6). If you do encounter blisters,
with the catalyst.
be assured that the blisters are merely cosmetic. They
do not indicate a defect in the boat structure or lamina-
Afterthegougeisfilledandhasdried,sandthepatched tion. Four Winns, along with most boat manufacturers,
area. Begin by using medium-fine grade sandpaper. regard gel blisters as a standard maintenance item.
face is very smooth. If necessary, add filler and then The repair procedure for gel coat blisters is similar to the
sand the surface again.
procedures outlined in the previous section on cracks
and gouges. There is an exception however, in that the
. Apply two or three light coats of matching fiberglass hull must dry out for several days or possibly weeks be-
gel coat to the repaired area. Enough gel coat should fore repairs can proceed.
be used so that the entire area is covered.
To determine if the hull has dried sufficiently, tape one
The gel coat must be catalyzed using up to 2% MEK square foot of household plastic wrap securely to the
Peroxide which can be purchased at a supplier han- hull bottom. Make sure all edges are sealed and let it
dlingfiberglassreinforcedproducts. ContactyourFour stand for twenty-four hours. If condensation has accu-
Winns dealer for assistance.
Funship™ Owner’s Manual
|Categories||Four Winns Freedom Manuals, Four Winns Funship Manuals, Four Winns Horizon Manuals, Four Winns Manuals, Outboard Marine Corporation Manuals|
|Tags||Four Winns Funship 214, Four Winns Funship 234, Four Winns Funship 264|
|Model Year||2003, 2004, 2005|
|Document Type||Owner's Manual|
|Product Brand||Boats and Cruisers, Four Winns. For support contact your dealer at http://www.fourwinns.com/locate-dealer.aspx|
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