This weekend I got under the boat while it's on the trailer and was checking the hull. I found a couple of issues. One is the bottom of the hull at the bow, it's been scratched up a bit and needs some glassing. Not a big deal. But the other one is more like a gash in the hull right at the front of the left bunk. While the boat is on the trailer, I can't get to this area to see it all or even work on it.
So my question is this. I have two large floor jacks and six larger jack stands as well as two smaller jack stands. I was thinking that I could use the small jack stands to support the rear of the trailer and then use a floor jack with a large piece of wood cut it with a V notched in the top to match the shape of the hull so that I could lift the boat off of the front of the bunks. I would then use some of the other jack stands and wood to support the front of the boat.
Or am I better off raising it from the side? I was thinking that I would simply use a large piece of wood (six feet long, four inches thick and 10 inches wide and use the floor jack to lift it and then secure with the jack stands.
Basically, I need to raise it up but don't want to damage any other part of the hull while doing so.
Here's the spot under the bow.
Here's the part blocked by the bunk.
Also, once I repair it with fiberglass, what's the best to use as a top coat paint is a gel coat paint available that I can brush on? Since's its on the bottom, I'm not too concerned about the color match but I want the repair to be good.
Thank you in advance