I will post a trip update later. I left VA and drove to upper Quebec and spent 8 days or so on Manicouagan. (Great trip, btw…)
Well, the trip almost stopped before it started. In Vermont, I swerved to miss a deer. Short story long, I had to retrieve my kayak from the trees 8’ up. My rack was sheered from my pickup; back passenger side window busted out, etc etc.
The strap holding the kayak pushed in, and left me with a 3-4" crack in the hull that didn’t seem to quite go all the way through. Since I was in a hurry, I simply put some marine glue on the crack, and slapped a duct tape on it. The real miracle is that the damage was so slight (I now have work to do on my Tacoma too) to the kayak.
I have a few other dings. On the deck, a branch pushed in a pencil sized hole (again, not all the way through). My hull’s bow has some damage from the rocks (not accident related, IMHO)
Now I’m home, and would like to repair. I’ve never done this sort of thing before, but I’m relatively comfortable around the tool shed with other handy-DIY projects, so why not?
I’ve seen some here with quite an expertise (I’m looking at you, PBlanc) in composite repairs.
This is my boat:https://www.cscanoe.com/product/vivian-avalon-2/?lang=en
(Golly, she’s fast and I’ve come to love her)
My boat is made of something they (Italy’s CSCanoe) called “Dyolen” which sounds like a polyester styled fiberglass.
Additionally, I now have a TON of scratches on my black hull. The fella I bought this from had Vivianne in perfect shape (kept indoors, etc). I bought it “like new” IMHO. Seller was a US Military Academy West Point grad. He had her neat & tight! I’d like to clean her up w/r/t scratches, too.
Where do I start? What do I do? Summarizing:
1- Hull damage/crack
…a- from accident
…b- minor hull/bow damage
2- pencil-sized deck puncture
3- hull scratches
Would West Marine’s offerings of “West” products (https://www.westsystem.com) be the right call? There’s a West Marine 2 mi from my house. This will be my project the rest of the summer.
I’m guessing I’ll need to either Dremel or sand (or both) the glue off the crack. I may have made the problem worse, but the quick temporary repair put me back on track to do my trip. (I think the crack was enough that it would have leaked a bit, or at minimum, gotten in to the layers of glass composite).
Minor bow damage:
deck poke (also w/ marine glue put in):
Thanks, everyone, for your help!