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    I'm looking for a top notch fiberglass/gel shop. I'd like top quality work at a reasonable price from a place that really knows their stuff.

    Someone mentioned Pat's Fiberglass. Any experiences there or other recommendations? Nobody local to me seems to fit the bill, so I'm planning on a road trip to wherever the work is done and I won't be able to stop by and check in while the boat is there.

    The boat is a mid '80's hand laid Eliminator 18SS splash. Here's what I'd like to have done:

    • Full length stringers replaced and finished with the intent to leave them exposed
    • Thru transom exhaust holes filled
    • Fuel fill holes filled
    • Various small holes from ski racks, running lights, etc filled
    • Capped (hull to deck joint is butt construction)
    • Interior edges smoothed
    • Fix some crazing in the gel around the fuel fill holes and bulkheads
    • Gel bilge and inside of transom
    • Bottom has been blueprinted with Jack at MPD overseeing the work, but it's been quite a few years and I'd like to have it checked and touched up as needed
    • Gel is in excellent condition overall, but I'd want all the new work to blend flawlessly and the boat to be in like new condition.



    I realize this isn't going to be cheap, but with the cost of a brand new bare hull around $8500 bucks I'd like to be a ways under that. I'd appreciate any suggestions or feedback. Feel free to PM me.
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    Where are you located ( east coast / west coast )

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    Pacific Northwest. I'm willing to go to California or Arizona or where ever for top quality work.

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    Default Top quality glass & gel work


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    All that work $$$ I would get a new hull.

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    skagen boats is up in your area

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    I would at least contact Skagen's and talk to Tony, he is a great guy.

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    Call Don at Pat's.

    Let's see some pictures of this boat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PCE680 View Post
    All that work $$$ I would get a new hull.
    Im with you, seems like alot of work. The cap and stringer work will prob be close to half of the 8500? A new hull, will say 2016 on the pink, thats worth 8500 alone. Not to mention new modern materials and methods.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wild Bill View Post
    I'm looking for a top notch fiberglass/gel shop. I'd like top quality work at a reasonable price from a place that really knows their stuff.

    Someone mentioned Pat's Fiberglass. Any experiences there or other recommendations? Nobody local to me seems to fit the bill, so I'm planning on a road trip to wherever the work is done and I won't be able to stop by and check in while the boat is there.

    The boat is a mid '80's hand laid Eliminator 18SS splash. Here's what I'd like to have done:

    • Full length stringers replaced and finished with the intent to leave them exposed
    • Thru transom exhaust holes filled
    • Fuel fill holes filled
    • Various small holes from ski racks, running lights, etc filled
    • Capped (hull to deck joint is butt construction)
    • Interior edges smoothed
    • Fix some crazing in the gel around the fuel fill holes and bulkheads
    • Gel bilge and inside of transom
    • Bottom has been blueprinted with Jack at MPD overseeing the work, but it's been quite a few years and I'd like to have it checked and touched up as needed
    • Gel is in excellent condition overall, but I'd want all the new work to blend flawlessly and the boat to be in like new condition.



    I realize this isn't going to be cheap, but with the cost of a brand new bare hull around $8500 bucks I'd like to be a ways under that. I'd appreciate any suggestions or feedback. Feel free to PM me.
    to do all this work correctly, so it looks like it was originally the way you want it, you're looking at 8-10k. a lot of labor to restore one of these things. and, not too sure where you can get a bare hull for 8500. maybe a solid color cheapo with a rub rail to cover the joint. capping alone is 1-2k to have it done right. materials have gone up dramatically over the past couple years.

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    Smooth as Glass in Riverbank California. That's near Modesto.

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    They did some work on my Sanger. Excellent work and the price seemed reasonable.

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