A boat isn’t much use in the winter months, when lakes and rivers are frozen over and time spent out on the water is about as enjoyable as living in an ice chest. But, as the snows begin to melt and the ice quickly turns back into water, many people are getting their boats ready for the spring and summer months ahead—when spending time out on the water is a calming, enjoyable pastime for many Ottawa residents.
But, before you hitch up your boat and take it down to the slip for a few hours of relaxation this spring, be sure to check your boat for flaws that may have developed over the winter and if necessary, seek boat repair in Ottawa.
Common boat repair issues
No matter if your boat is old or new, big or small, it’s susceptible to problems purely due to its manufacturing. Boats are built to be completely watertight—after all, what’s the use of taking a boat out on the water if you’re going to sit there sinking in it? Because watertight manufacturing is key, there’s often a lot of stress in place when it comes to the structure of the boat.
Many boats utilize a fiberglass shell for a reason. Fiberglass holds up great to tension, is lightweight and floats. Fiberglass is optimal when it comes to engineering a boat, however it comes with one main drawback—during the winter months, fiberglass is prone to cracking. In fact, much of the necessary boat repairs during the springtime come down to a need for fiberglass repair in Ottawa.
Taking a boat out on the water with even the smallest crack, splinter or spidering in the fiberglass is a risk for both the boat and anyone in it. Weak sections of fiberglass will collapse under the stress of a boat’s frame, creating major damage when the tension finally reaches a breaking point. For this reason, fiberglass repair in Ottawa is paramount before taking your damaged boat out onto the water.
Making amends with your boat
How exactly do you repair a boat that’s the victim of fiberglass damage? Well, despite being a fragile material in the cold, fiberglass is actually extremely resilient in heat and bonds very well with epoxies, which can be used to seal up cracks or splinters. Applying an epoxy is the first and foremost way to repair the fiberglass frame of a boat.
Not just any epoxy will do, however—it takes a watertight, insoluble epoxy that will stand up to the elements and the test of time. Here at Plastics and Signs of Ottawa, we rely on West System® epoxy for all of our fiberglass repair needs. This marine-grade epoxy bonds to coat fiberglass, metal, wood and other composite materials, providing airtight moisture resistance and superior strength.
If you’re doing a cursory inspection of your boat this spring and you find an area that may have been compromised by the cold, bring your boat to Plastics and Signs of Ottawa, where we’ll ensure the finest boat repair in Ottawa, getting you back out onto the water faster and more reliably!