Fiberglass boat with bench damage, how do i fix? Pictures inside

Discussion in 'Boat Yard Basics' started by modefan101, May 10, 2011.

  1. modefan101

    modefan101 I Love!

    The boat floats and is just in need of a cleaning and paint. I have attach the pictures of the bench that is damaged. What I am thinking of doing is putting a piece of plywood across the entire bench and then using fiberglass mat to go over the wood.The wood would allow me to attach a swivel seat to the bench.

    I would love some advice and the name of materials I need to use.

  2. modefan101

    modefan101 I Love!

    Wow, no help or advice at all?

  3. DuckNut

    DuckNut Brandon, FL

    Why not cut the entire top of the seat off an put a lid on it and use it for storage? Mounting a seat there will only be in th way and you will eventually grow tired of it.
  4. topnative2

    topnative2 Well-Known Member

    I seem to remember that one cannot use fiberglass on a gamefiser because of the plastic from which it is made.
    Someone w/ real brain matter will pop up to help you bet on it
    I would imagine u could make some forms by using wax paper over the seat and wet up some fg cloth w/resin or epoxy --- the basic idea from this dummy
  5. Brett

    Brett > PRO STAFF <

    I've never repaired an old Gamefisher.
    Memory says the hull is a compression molded plastic/fiberglass composite.
    It appears yours has been painted over.
    I'd want to see the material under that paint before repairing.
    Sand off the paint in the area of the cracks and lets see what's underneath.
    If it's fiberglass and a hardened resin, epoxy will bond to it.
    If so, epoxy thickened with milled glass fibers will allow you
    to bed a plywood panel atop the existing bench.
  6. beyondhelp

    beyondhelp Well-Known Member

    That's fiberglass. OR at  least my gamefisher was fiberglass. Now for the more important question, is there foam under your bench?

    When I cut the benches out of my gamefisher the foam underneath weighed a ton. Not sure if it was factory or added later. My boat had an active life.

    Look familiar?


  7. floridanative1028

    floridanative1028 I Love!

    do all gamefishers have a stepped hull? If so I never noticed that until now
  8. beyondhelp

    beyondhelp Well-Known Member

    I've seen a handful of 14' gamefishers and they all have the same bottom. There's no liner and my floor was quite flexible even with the bench in. Don't think I have any pix of the bottom while I had it flipped.

    Here's what it looks like with everything cut out:

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