We have scheduled a Fiberglass Boat Repair Workshop (affectionately nicknamed Glue U) scheduled for February 4 -5, 2014. This session is geared for marine professionals — yard pros, composite repair specialists, managers, surveyors, insurance inspectors and dealers — anyone who works building and repairing composite hulls and parts. The class is not for folks building one-off wooden boats. However, wood in composite structures and wood as a structural fiber are addressed.
The classes will be held in our brand new Technical Building here at the World Headquarters of Gougeon Brothers, Inc. (where WEST SYSTEM epoxy is manufactured) in Bay City, Michigan. The course includes some classroom instruction and plenty of hands-on projects. Attendees learn the best approaches to make long-lasting, cost effective boat repairs and will come away with a deeper understanding of modern composite technology. The Gougeon Brothers Technical Staff has been teaching a seminar on boat repair techniques during the winter off season since the late 1980s.
The cost of the workshop is only $495 and covers two days (14 hours) of instruction, all materials, hotel accommodations for both nights, continental breakfasts, lunches each day and dinner the first night. For complete details, download a pdf of the 2014 course brochure.
How you get here is up to you. It will be February in Michigan, so expect plenty of snow. Dog sleds, snomobiles or even reindeer are travel options. Our advice: pack winter boots and warm clothes.