2010-03-25 / About Town

Islander pens book on fiberglass boat repairs

Roger Marshall of Jamestown has written a new book, “Fiberglass Repair Illustrated,” that instructs readers on how to make repairs to a fiberglass boat, and how to finish and paint those repairs.

The book contains more than 200 pictures and drawings, along with chapters that discuss how a fiberglass boat is built; identifying hull damage; materials, tools and basic techniques; gelcoat restoration; making minor repairs; making major repairs; hull, keel and rudder fairing; identifying and making osmosis repairs; and finishing and painting a repair job. There is also an appendix on building a temporary Shrink Wrap™ shed in which to do boat repair work yearround.

The book also covers how to sand properly, how to choose the right sandpaper, how to mold a corner of the right diameter, and how to brush or spraypaint your repair to match the existing hull.

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