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Old 03-18-2012, 06:39 PM   #1
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Transom Patch

I had a transom shower setup which had a broken hatch, cracked fiberglass casing and a faucet that constantly leaked. Since I *never have, and probably never will take a shower on my swim step, I ripped everything out. I am now left with a hole in my transom measuring about 16" square. I figure the easiest way to cover this defect is to put a piece of 1/4 inch FRP panel over it, but I can't find any G10/F4 panel with a smoth surface, preferably with a white gel coat surface (although I could just paint it if it's a smooth surface). I don't want Starboard since it cannot be painted. The FRP panels that are available from McMaster/Grainger/etc. have a random fiber pattern on the surface and are not smooth. Anyone have a source for a smooth 1/4" FRP panel around 24" X 24"?*




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Old 03-19-2012, 05:31 AM   #2
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RE: Transom Patch

I would just make one with a little gel coat and some glass...but if you go to a marina...boat builder..marine electronics installer....*you can usually find scraps where someone is adding a tackle locker or electronics.

How about white plexiglass?* Either way it's still gonna look like a patch unless you put some kind of other access cover over it to make it look like it's supposed to be there.

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RE: Transom Patch

Make your own the exact size you want. Form up a simple mold on a flat surface (4 pieces of scrap lumber), line it with wax paper. Mix some white pigment into the resin and lay up a couple layers of cloth in the resin. As my father used to say - Q E D. If you want to get really fancy, pour a shallow layer of gelcoat first.
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