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The bilge rails on W3035 were damaged at the front and when the soft matting underneath was cut back I also found them to be hollow. Although they were of substantial thickness and seemed to have been laid up with the main hull.

To give a solid base for the repair and reduce the risk on water getting trapped in the hull I filled them with expanding foam. Then I repaired the fibreglass on top.

As the hull had never been fitted with rubbing strips, I didn’t consider fitting any but just decided to avoid sailing up the beach and to keep a careful eye on any damage before it got through the gelcoat & fibreglass.


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