Boat Repair and Restoration MN

It’s time to get the boat ready for the first open water fishing trip of the season. Any Minnesota angler worth their Rapala knows it’s never too early to get their boat ready for the water. Make sure it is seaworthy.  Some of the things you may take for granted once the season is under way have a way of getting run down during those months of inactivity.

Is Your Boat Ready For Minnesota’s Fishing Opener?

The Minnesota fishing opener is just days away, and local anglers are busy getting ready for the biggest fishing day of the year. Is your boat ready? Too often at this time of year boaters get their rig into the water and find themselves dead in the water after being out for just a few minutes. Don’t be one of them!

Fiberglass Boat Repair-Hull Damage

Fiberglass Boat Repair-Hull Damage

One of the most common problems which are faced by boat owners is the damage to the hull. The hull damage occurs frequently during the life span of the boat that may be due to running on the ground or may be in case of contact with hard objects. The fiberglass may also be damage or cracked in a collision and the most vulnerable part in this situation is the hull.  Severe damage to boats often require structural repairs. The severally damage hull may cause your boat to flood or in some case to sink. So in these situations the fiberglass boat hull repair is a must do job. Cracks, holes, soft areas, and crushed fiberglass can be repaired or replaced extending the life of your boat many years.

Check your boat for major cracking or gouging or structural damage. Damage can be caused by major impacts or serious abrasions.  Abrasions occur very frequently and can do UGLY damage to our boats. Serious abrasion is a double-threat to the integrity of our boats’ structure. First, breaking down the barrier of gel-coat or paint exposes the hull’s fiberglass to damage. Water and sunlight can quickly break down unprotected fiberglass. Also, abrasions sometimes go all the way through the fiberglass and damage the hull’s core. Under these circumstances, it is important to reduce the exposure by making repairs quickly!

Shown here: 16′ 1956 Glaspar Runabout
Complete exterior and interior fiberglass restoration, with show quality painting. This boat will stay beautiful for a long time.

16′ 1956 Glaspar Runabout After

16′ 1956 Glaspar Runabout After

16′ 1956 Glaspar Runabout After

16′ 1956 Glaspar Runabout After

16′ 1956 Glaspar Runabout Before

Sun, bird droppings, careless mates and pollution can all wreak havoc on your shiny paint job. When you do find a blemish, it’s best to consult with the paint’s manufacturer to make sure whatever polish you use is compatible with the paint. The same can be said for spot repairs. If there’s a scratch or section of blistered gel coat on your boat, you can make a small repair, but blending the colors is an artwork few can master.

For very small scratches, a touch-up kit might fix it to where it’s not noticeable. When dealing with a good-sized spot, however, consult with a Minnesota boat repair company. A big scrape on the side of a boat might require filler and primer and is probably best left up to professionals.

  • If your boat has been in an accident or subjected to dock rash or chipping, we can repair it to like-new condition.
  • If the transom, stringer or floor is soft or rotten, we can replace them.

Inspect Your Trailer

Get ready to roll. Before you hook up to your tow vehicle, check the condition and air pressure on your trailer tires. If it hasn’t been moved in months, make sure they haven’t developed “flat spots,” which can affect the way it handles on the road. Check your bow and stern straps (and bow cable) for wear. Unscrew your drain plug and screw it back in to make sure it’s properly seated. If your trailer has problems it could damage your boat or leave you stranded by the side of the road. Make sure this doesn’t happen to you!

Have fun fishing, everyone! But most importantly, Be Safe! See you on the water!