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    I just noticed a fracture crack around the window mounting bracket.  I wonder if there  is someway to be sure it does not get any longer?

    I really hate it as it is the only crack I have noticed. Not very wide but I worry that it may get wider.  Thanks

    Dan Rosa


          Bailey — I would think the stress crack would be in the gel-coat not the fiber-glass you can get repair kits at most boat shops in small tubes even in different color combinations to make your own color  If you need to repair the fiber-glass even wal-mart has the kits— simple to work with but remember to use gloves it is VERRY sticky .. best of luck 


    Richard Wobby


    Back when I had my boat we were always pulling on the windshield to get in or out. About every two or three years the cracks would appear around the support uprights. I had a friend that was real good at this. I often stood with a brown bottle in hand watching. He would first cut out a valley directly on the crack to make sure that tere wasn’t tunneling underneath. In this case crack exposure is a good thing, He would use one of those Dremel hand tools. It was always a valley(cut at 45 not a canyon cut at 90) Then he would Clean it up and prep fot new resin (this is where it starts to get foggy we were in a garage with door closed) Remember the fumes are bad for you ventilate. He would the mix the epoxy and apply it to the crack using a credit card.(I imagine they make squegees for this purpose today.) Allow to set about 2 browns, then sand with 200 wet then finish with 400 wet. Then we would venture out for the evening.

    Usually by the weekend he would have come back with some gel-coat and sealer and finished the job. He loved Water sking. So thats how we did it good luck.

    Do you smell that? It’s fiberglass resin, son. Nothing else on the world smells like that. I love the smell of resin in the morning.

    Paul Mossberg


    Richard, I love the way you measure time!

    Paul Mossberg
    Former Owner of a 1981 Classic Roadsters Ltd. Duchess (VW)
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    James Cochran


    I agree


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