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Bob Cooley

Bud, The previous owner applied an Awlgrip product to the extire deck, cabin top, and cockpit on Journey my W32 Hull # 103. It looked great when I acquired her over three years ago but after over 9,000 miles of sailing I have a bit of cracking showing along the cabin top mostly from the wooden hand rails outboard to the down turn on the cabin trunk. I sanded one test spot down below the Awlgrip layer into the gelcoat and can see clearly that the gelcoat has some cracks. I have read about making repairs to gelcoat cracks and would like to make spot repairs but am worried about what I don't see on the surface. Don't feel any spongyness or soft spots as I move about the topsides. What repair approach would you recommend for me on a very limited boat budget?


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Bob Cooley

S/V Journey
W32 # 103

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