Fiberglass Repair – Using Gelcoat Over Epoxy

Nicks and dings in your fiberglass are common to any boat, whether or not it gets used often. Repairing damage to your gelcoat and fiberglass can seem intimidating, but when done properly, can be a simple and even quick repair.

In the video today, we look at a small fiberglass repair being done to the deck of a boat with a thick layer of gelcoat. Often times instructions and advice will indicate that using gelcoat over epoxy is ill advised because the 2 chemicals cannot bond chemically – but Brendan shows us how to properly prepare your surface and execute a repair that will bond and be a lasting repair based on a strong mechanical bond.

Check out our video of the day and dig into why we think a non-structural, cosmetic repair can be easily pulled off with proper preparation and near perfect execution.  Enjoy!

Spring Commissioning with TotalBoat – Part 1: BOAT REPAIR


The winter was unkind to many of our boats and plans for a tidy and possibly even early? spring commissioning. Around here, snow banks are finally almost a distant memory and any day over 40 degrees feels like a heat wave. So gentlemen and women – start your sanders… time to get down to business and tick off the projects on your spring commissioning  list.

TotalBoat Show is ready to help with the full support of our award winning customer support team and help line. Daily we get accolades from pleased customers raving about how knowledgable and helpful our call center and tech help hotline are. And we work hard to learn about and try every product we can to give you – the customer – the best advice out there for jobs that aren’t always knocked off as easily as the instruction manual might lead you to believe.

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Using a Dutchman to Repair a Stem

Our January 24, 2015 workshop included a clinic led by John La Fountain on using a Dutchman for repairing the stem of 1953 Shepherd 22’ utility we are preserving.
Following is the handout he prepared and distributed to workshop participants.

1. Inspect stem and knee to determine if a Dutchman can solve the rotting and grain separation issues where the stem and knee meet.

2. Remove the bad part by cutting away any rot or split-out wood.
a. Always cut the top at an upward angle relative to the leading edge of the stem so that water runs off the Dutchman, not down inside it.

3. Make a template using cardboard.

4. Locate a straight-grained, clear piece of white oak – usually 8/4, as it was here. (Be sure to wear heavy gloves!)
a. Using a band saw, rough-out the mating surfaces between the Dutchman and stem or knee, after transferring the templates to the blocks of wood.
b. Rough out the abutting faces of the two Dutchmen.

5. Sand the Dutchmen to shape

6. Re-fasten the leading ends of the planking – or strakes in a lapstrake hull – bedded in 3M 5200.

7. Repair any rot, cracks or over-sized holes with TotalBoat Thixo Thickened Epoxy adhesive now. (The above-waterline seams will be affixed with TotalBoat Wood Epoxy System.)

8. Once epoxy has cured, do a final sanding and shaping of both Dutchmen and the surfaces they will mate to on the stem and knee.

9. After a final check for fit, some final sanding, fit the Dutchmen in place and one fastener pilot hole into each.

10. Glaze both surfaces with TotalBoat Thixo, and the abutting surfaces with 3M 5200, and fasten them in place with fasteners passing through the pilot holes.

11. Wait 24-48 hours.

12. Drill the carriage bolt holes from the inside of the stem and knew out, and insert silicon bronze carriage bolts – 4 in the case of the Shepherd.

13. Do a final sanding and fairing.

14. You are ready for paint!

What’s Your Story? – Jeff Nagle


Jeff Nagle and his father, Doug, of Erie, Pennsylvania purchased Altair in September of 2012, and have been working on her ever since. Last winter, this 29′ Rhodes received extensive overhaul on the decks and cabin top, but after splashing in that summer, the Nagles encountered some framing issues. The following winter, the two made the decision to bring her back inside and tear her down once again. They plan to replace a total of 24 of the frame bottoms. Based on Jeff’s current photos, however, we think she looks fantastic already! We can’t wait to see her next summer!

Customer Spotlight – Kevin Guglielmello

Kevin Guglielmello

Kevin Guglielmello purchased his first boat only a few months ago, and has been renovating it ever since. The photos above only show his fantastic work on the cockpit floor of this Tanzer 22 swing keel, but Kevin has replaced and repaired much more of his new project, and says he uses the TotalBoat products for much of the work. In addition to the floor renovation, Kevin’s repaired the boat’s windows and transom; and he’s entirely replaced the mast step support beam. As you can see from the photos he sent us, he’s also included some of the TotalBoat products he used on the cockpit floor; including both our slow- and fast-hardening epoxy systems and our TotalTread non-skid deck paint.

Wooden Boat repair – Herreshoff 12 1/2

Lou introduces us to his next project, repairing a Herreshoff 12 1/2. This is the first video in a new series where we show how to fix a leak using traditional wooden boatbuilding techniques on a classic daysailer from Rhode Island.

Fiberglass Repair ~ Stress Cracks

This show covers how to repair fiberglass stress cracks on your boat using polyester resin. Previous episodes go over other types of fiberglass repair using West System epoxy.

Fiberglass Repair: There’s a Hole in My Boat – Part 3

This is the last video of a 3 part series outlining how to repair structural damage to your fiberglass boat. It helps to watch these episodes in order – you can find Part 1 here and Part 2 here.

Fiberglass Repair: There’s a Hole in My Boat – Part 2

This is part 2 of a 3 video series outlining how to repair structural damage to your fiberglass boat. It helps to watch these episodes in order – you can find Part 1 here.