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  1. I have a Chap SC 250. Leaving the dock yesterday and really blew it. Normally I have some shove my boat out and away from the dock, then slowly cruise forward. Not to difficult. But yesterday I decided to do it "the right way". I turned the wheel away from the dock and nudged it into reverse, backing the boat away from the dock. I got out a ways and then nudged into forward. Note - I did this before turning back toward the dock while still backing up to straighten the boat out. So now when I nudge into forward, the bow starts drifting right back into the dock. That's when I gave it a bit of throttle, intending to push the boat forward and overpower the drift. Worked for a second or two then the boat started moving too far to starboard. So I spun the wheel to the right while keeping the throttle open a bit and the boat turned hard right toward the end of the dock. So now the boat is heading nearly perpendicular toward the end of the dock! The tip of the bow will miss the end of the dock, but the right side of the bow will definitely hit it. I know if I jerk the wheel hard left, I'll simply swing the stern into the dock. So I ease to the right and back off the throttle. But the back of the boat clips the corner of the dock pretty good. I have a 4 foot black scrape (from the floating dock bumper) and it hit right across the lettering! Now all the lettering is gone (except "CHA") and my gelcoat is gouged! What did I learn? To NEVER open the throttle like that near a dock. Never ever. Learned the hard way. I've read through these forums and see all the old salts saying that every boater will scratch their gelcoat so I'm embarrassed but that's how you learn. Question - any ideas on what I should pay to fix the gelcoat and get the lettering replaced? It's a 2017 SC 250.
  2. Hello y'all. I hope you all are enjoying this Labor Day weekend and that you had a great summer boating season. I am concerned about cracks in the gel cost that have appeared seemingly out of nowhere!!! Meaning within the last 2 weeks, or between the last wash and today. Boat didn't move during this time. Cracks are multiple, about a foot and a half in length. Located between the deck and the rubrail on the starboard side. Thank you for your advise as usual. Chris
  3. Hi All, I'm new to the forum and a new owner of a 2008 sig 290 with twin Volvo 5.0 (upgraded from a Bayliner 245) . I absolutely love this boat and have spent several nights on it since aquiring it approx a month ago. In any case I received a call yesterday from my neighbor at the marina. It seems he had trouble getting out of his slip and managed to take a gouge out of my gelcoat with his swim ladder, etc (picture below). He has offered to pay for the damages and I am now looking for the best means of getting fixed up properly with no compromise. After all this boat is not even a month in my possesion and I plan to keep it for a long long time First Issue is the graphic striping was also damaged and apparently it is no longer availible from Chaparral I am trying to get the color match gelcoat on my own and then bring it to a pro to repair the damage altough in my region gelcoat and boat hull repair pros are few and far between Any advice or pointers would be appreciated Thanks in Advance
  4. Has anyone tried Presto Gelcoat Restorer? I have seen it on eBay but was a bit skeptical. Cheers Skins