Centurion Ski Boats Poor Hull Design

Discussion in 'Powerboats' started by whitetail, Sep 26, 2011.

  1. whitetail
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    whitetail New Member

    Has anyone experienced problems with Centurion ski boats and the hull cracking? I have the elite vdrive and this is the second time we've experienced cracks in the hull without hitting anything. The first time, the manufacture acknowledged it but not the second time around.
     
  2. Bglad
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    Bglad Senior Member

    If it was built with a ballast system to pull wakeboarders then the hull should be up to the task. However, ballasting a hull down with water when it already has a V-drive challenges any type construction. Most wakeboard boats have enough power to break or damage their hulls if operated aggressively into large wakes/waves. Builder may feel you have not been operating the vessel prudently. Watersports towboats are tractors not really made to take serious pounding...
     
  3. whitetail
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    whitetail New Member

    We dont have a balast system in the boat. We dont even wakeboard, just ski. No tower or fancy bells and whistles. I have never heard of this type of thing happening to a master craft, nautique, supra or any other boat for that matter.
     
  4. tunnels

    tunnels Previous Member

    Centurion Ski Boats Poor Hull Design :confused:
    Hull design or hull manufacture ?? If its cracked has nothing to do with design but the manufacture !! needs better glassing !!!! :D where has it cracked same place as before or differant place ??
     
  5. whitetail
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    whitetail New Member

    Thank you. That was our initial thought. Hull design failure or manufacture failure, to the consumer they are one in the same but, yes you are right. The cracking is in a different area than the previous cracks. We are pretty conservative boaters when not pulling a skiier it is an expensive float for relaxing. Appreciate the feedback.
     
  6. tunnels

    tunnels Previous Member

    Its simple to fix just tear up the floor and reglass the inside with some decent glass !! is it broken on strakes ?? Can you post some pictures ? :?::confused:
     
  7. m3mm0s rib
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    m3mm0s rib Senior Member

    If we have cracks in the gels then surely we also break the glass underneath. attention Well
     
  8. tunnels

    tunnels Previous Member

    Cracks are the tell tail sign of weakness and a panel flexing and bending Yes if the movement is not taken care of it will eventually fail !!!:(
     
  9. michael pierzga
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    michael pierzga Senior Member

    And WHAT IS A CRACK ? A Structural failure ? or gelcoat fracture due to panel flex .
     
  10. Lister

    Lister Previous Member

    A poor design and poor engineering plan can lead to a craked hull.
    No need to be confused.
    Lister
     
  11. FMS
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    FMS Senior Member

    If it was a design issue with a mass-production boat, a google search should turn up other similar cases.

    Can you post some photos of the problem?
     
  12. cyclops2
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    cyclops2 Senior Member

    Problem.

    1st crack Leads to higher stresses in the rest of the boat.
    The repair & then another crack somewhere else is a VERY VERY bad sign of insufficient CORRECT hull design & or assembly.

    Get in touch with the safety division of the USCG. They love problems like this. Send them photos & copies of the repair bills.
     
  13. FMS
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    FMS Senior Member

    I don't see it already asked - how many years old is the boat?

    http://www.uscgboating.org/recalls/ does not include many structural defects - mostly mechanical, fuel, and electrical safety issues - but it is worth a check.

    Where exactly did both cracks start? Better yet, post a few photos of the cracks showing the detail and location of each on the boat online.
     
  14. cyclops2
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    cyclops2 Senior Member

    Age is a BIG factor.

    This summer we had 3 old small Boston Whalers split underneath. All in the same area.
     

  15. m3mm0s rib
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    m3mm0s rib Senior Member

    I do not think from engineering view is correct
     
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