Beneteau First 40
When a Sunsail yacht arrives in the yard due to damage, it becomes an absolute priority to the team, and every effort is made to ensure the boat receives urgent attention.
The Beneteau F40 pictured, sustained considerable damage to her starboard side, including hull and deck damage. The boat’s mast and all internal joinery was removed including the navigation area and electronics, so the team could gain access to any internal damage.
The hull was temporarily reformed back to its original profile in order to produce an accurate mould of the hull. Once cured the mould was carefully removed and all the damaged area was cut and ground back to sound laminate.
The project manager told us that the produced mould was realigned to the hull and secured in place. It was then gel coated and glass matt was re-applied internally, as to the original hull specification.
Once cured the joint line between the existing hull and new lay up was ground back and re- gel coated in order to tie the repair in on the outside. It was then polished back to the original profile.
The damaged area of deck was cut and ground back to sound material including balsa core. This was re-glassed from the inside to reinstate the lower deck skin and tie it back in with the hull. The balsa was replaced and reglassed as per the original specification. The patterned area of the deck was reproduced and bonded down, gel filling and fairing edges back to original profile.
Any removed deck fittings and toe rails were re-fitted and renewed as required. All internal joinery was replaced renewing and repairing any damaged woodwork. All electrical and electronic gear was reconnected and tested for operation on completion