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So after a repair was started on what we thought was just a poor patch up, it’s seems that the thruster tunnel was a poor retro fit job. Here is an email from the repairer and a series of photos of what he’s done this afternoon......

 

Hello Neil 

 
As you know I got started today, will be back tomorrow to finish up.
 
As requested I have been recording my progress with photos.
 
First I sanded down the small thumb size wet patch to find two small cracks.
 
I dug away at these cracks and the resin looked soft so I decided to sand all around the thruster to see what was going on.
 
To my surprise there was a badly cut out hole, way to large and on the wonk too. 
 
The installers had tried to cover this up by filling voids of around a inch wide with all the fillers they had in the boot most likely .
 I spotted 3 different fillers and a epoxy resin filler it was the epoxy filler that hadn't cured. 
 
The epoxy resin filler is orange in colour, a clear indication of amine blush this is when epoxy gets wet or doesn't reach curing temperature.
 
I removed this dead material, opened the cracks up with razors, sanded and keyed the area well then flushed with acetone and allowed to dry.
 
I have now filled the area with a resin filler for shape and will fiberglass tomorrow!
 
Here are the photos of the progress... 
 
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I think it's a retro fit now, the factory would have plenty of any one filler. Also they would have the correct size hole saw for the job!
I've never seen anything like that around a thruster before. Poor workmanship. 
 
Looking good now tho. Take care I'll be in touch 
 
 
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We discussed the bow thruster I though you knew it was factory fitted? 
oh well, the positive is he can do it, doesn’t sound like it’s anything he can’t sort out. Nice to get a message with positivity to it, there wasn’t the usual tooth whistling to it.

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Seems the tunnel is factory fitted and the ends covered over. Then if a thruster is required later they core drill the hull. Looks like an incorrect core bit was used and the gap then poorly filled. Will atleast be properly strong now when done. 

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Good job that you spotted the problem when you did Neil. It does sound like your repairer is on the ball and you will end up with an excellent repair. Well done. Geoff.☺️

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Best find out now when on the hard than mid way to Alderney! 
 

Soinds like a good guy and at least you know it’ll last for years now 🙂 

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On 2/23/2021 at 8:51 PM, Saintly Fish said:

Seems the tunnel is factory fitted and the ends covered over. Then if a thruster is required later they core drill the hull. Looks like an incorrect core bit was used and the gap then poorly filled. Will atleast be properly strong now when done. 

Do you have any history relating to the previous owners ? ........ If yes, was it bought new, or nearly new by somebody in Brixham ? .......

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7 hours ago, GPSguru said:

Do you have any history relating to the previous owners ? ........ If yes, was it bought new, or nearly new by somebody in Brixham ? .......

The previous owner was French and I bought it from a dealer in Plymouth who imported it. 

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1 minute ago, Saintly Fish said:

The previous owner was French and I bought it from a dealer in Plymouth who imported it. 

Write to France then and demand compensation 

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4 hours ago, Saintly Fish said:

The previous owner was French and I bought it from a dealer in Plymouth who imported it. 

I asked as there are not too many about and there used to be one in Brixham circa 2010 ish and I sort of know who the owner was........

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