Plastic Boat Patcher

Repair and repaint defects in fiberglass boat hulls, decks, and cabins.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $49,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Plastic Boat Patchers do?

Repairs and repaints defects in fiberglass boat hulls, decks, and cabins, using handtools and power tools: Examines parts for defects, such as cracks and holes. Drills out defective areas or smooths rough edges, using portable electric drill and grinder. Cuts out patch of fiberglass material, using shears. Mixes resin and catalyst, dips patch in solution, and places patch over defect. Shapes and smooths edges to match contour of patched area. Fills holes with plastic filler material. Smooths repaired surfaces, using sandpaper or power disk sander. Mixes plastic paint with catalyst and sprays repaired surfaces, using spray gun. Cuts out damaged wood bracing strips, using portable electric saw. Replaces and bonds strips in place with saturated fiberglass mat. Touches up flaws, using paintbrush. May polish repainted sections.


Should I be a Plastic Boat Patcher?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.

  • Also known as: Patcher, Plastic Boat

    How to become a Plastic Boat Patcher

    Plastic Boat Patchers generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Plastic Boat Patcher-related education!
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