I have an old radison 12" with some substansal holes in it. The previous owner had just epoxied and fiber glass sheet backed the entire canoe (including the motor mount) which in the end made the canoe well over 60 lbs when it should top out around 30lbs. I am doing a COMPLETE tear down on it to get it back to it’s old self. The problem with fiber glass is that it is heavy and rather expensive and it delaminates over time and you have to do it all over again.
I was wondering if anyone had any thoughts on patching it. My current plan is to:
- clean all the sites with damage
- put a flexable, water proof patch (hippo patch or HD weather stripping on the inside and out
- cut a piece of medium to heavy gauge galvanize steel and sandwich the patch
4.get a flexable marine liquid patch to seal all the edges
- rivet the patch in place.
- then I plan on putting a coat of paint (elastomeric) over the bottom to make it look pretty.