Boat Repair: Fixing a Cracked Floor

What You'll Need
Safety goggles
Rubber safety gloves
Chalk, pencil or pen
Epoxy resin
Resin applicator
Fiberglass cloth
120 grit sandpaper
Marine gel enamel

When it comes to boat repair, fixing cracks in your boat does not have to be difficult. In fact, if you follow these easy-to-do steps, you’ll find that boat repair is not very difficult at all.

Step #1: Protect Yourself

The first step in any do-it-yourself project is to keep yourself safe. Wear safety goggles to protect your eyes from falling pieces of debris and wet rubber safety gloves to protect your skin while working with hazardous chemicals.

Step #2: Locate All of the Cracks

It is important to locate all of the cracks that need repair. The resin you’ll be using to repair them dries quickly, so you’ll want to make sure that you know where everything you need to repair is so you can quickly apply the resin before it dries.

Mark all cracks with chalk, pencil or pen and make sure that they’re clearly visible.

Step #3: Fill the Cracks with Epoxy Resin

Once all the cracks in your boat have been identified, it is time to fill them with epoxy resin. Make sure that you fill them until they reach the same level as the rest of the boat. Work quickly so the resin doesn’t dry out while you’re using it.

Step #4: Cover Cracks with a Thin Layer of Resin

Once the cracks are filled with resin, use a paintbrush to coat them with a thin layer of resin.

Step #5: Cover Cracks with Fiberglass Cloth

Place a piece of fiberglass cloth over the cracks. If you quickly place the fiberglass cloth over the layer of resin you applied, it should hold it tightly in place.

Step #6: Give Resin Time to Dry

Wait for 4 to 6 days for the resin to dry in place.

Step #7: Sand and Smooth out the Affected Areas

Chip off any uneven areas around the repaired area. Dip your sandpaper in water and sand the area until all areas are even. Be careful not to overdo it and sand too much.

Step #8: Coat the Repaired Areas with Enamel

Using your paintbrush, apply a coat of marine gel enamel to the repaired areas. This will give it a smooth and shiny appearance. In addition, the enamel will help protect the repaired area from the erosion of weather and ocean.

At this point your boat repair should be finished. If you want to repaint the area to make sure it looks good, this would be the time to do that. Boat repairs such as this are simple and straightforward and can be done mostly in an afternoon (discounting periods of drying). You can save yourself money by doing your boat repairs yourself rather than taking it in to a professional. Not to mention the pride in your workmanship that you can take knowing that you did the boat repairs yourself.