I have an older dolphin Renegade that needs some gel coat repair. The bottom looks like i drug it down the road without a trailer and it has some wear spots were the trailer bunks have rubbed away the gelcoat. The boat is sound it has just seen alot of use. Well I took it to Dolphin to have them give me an estimate to do some repairs, Dolphin said I needed to re-gelcoat the entire bottom and it would be a min of 2800 in labor and 300 materials
. (I do have to say they were very nice and had some sweet skiffs getting worked on) That was a little out of my price range I am a part time employed grad school student, I was think a couple of hundred to fill in a few of the bad scratches.
This got me thinking I could do the work myself, am I deluding myself??? What is involved? Pulling the motor/hatches/tower and flipping the boat then a lot of sanding. I was thinking I could do the prep work myself then hire some one to actually apply the gel coat. Since I have never done this kind of work before does anyone know of any classes in SW FL for this or some one I could hire for the day just to show me what not to do? The boat may be used and abused but it is all mine with no boat payments. I will post some pictures of the bottom of the boat later. Any advice would be welcome.