Need Advice fiberglass crack

Discussion in 'Fiberglass and Composite Boat Building' started by blairg, Aug 28, 2010.

  1. blairg
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    blairg Junior Member

    I am considering purchasing a used fiberglass boat and it has a crack on top rail of bow.The saleaman told me not to worry about fixing it but I would like for some of you guys to look at the picture and advise me.I am concerned it is pretty bad and I dont need a headache.please email me at blairsgas@msn.com for question
     

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  2. anthony goodson
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    The boat has probably been hit quite hard here , just careless docking or similar, or even stressed bonding of hull and deck. The structural integrity is not really threatened at the moment ,but there are probably raw edges under the rubber and if water gets in there could be problems further down the line .Take the trim off and look ,it will probably need grinding out ,relaminating ,flowcoating and polishing a job for a pro.With the state of the market at the moment you should have no problem negotiating the cost of this off the price.
     
  3. fg1inc

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    As Anthony said, no big deal. All fiberglass panels flex to some degree but, unfortunately, the gel coat is quite brittle. The corner of the deck flange acts as a stress riser, i.e. the flexural stresses concentrate there and crack the gel coat. If you spend the money to fix it, don't ever kiss the dock again or it will re-appear! In other words, collect $700 from the seller and then spend the dough on gas and beer!
     
  4. blairg
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    The dealer is selling for a family it is a 2007 1901 bay protrophy with 65 hours on a 150 verado engine,It also has a ttop for 14.500.00 and no tax.I was also worried about gas consumption.I understand the verado has a super charger and anything over 4000 rpms will consume gas like the old 2 stroke.Is there any truth to this
     
  5. blairg
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    This the whole boat
     
  6. apex1

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    It may be due to my age, but I cannot see a crack in the picture provided!!!???
     
  7. blairg
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    Click on the picture with the bow and it should size up then you can see it
     
  8. apex1

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    Well I have no problem handling the different features of this forum.

    I just donĀ“t see a crack.
     
  9. blairg
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    On the first picture it runs along side of the black rubber on top
     
  10. apex1

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    Thanks,

    I downloaded the pic and increased contrast. now......

    Well, thats a crack not uncommon for example on charter boats. Any GRP repair shop will fix that in a few hrs.
    How much that will cost is more a question of the quality of finish than the structural issues.

    Regards
    Richard
     
  11. blairg
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    Thank you for checking it out for me I'm trying to be very careful from what I have read the trophy isn't a real good boat they say it's made by byliner
     
  12. apex1

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    No clue, sorry.
    But by so far I have to see one single US mass production boat which was not cheap crap.
     
  13. mydauphin
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    Depends on your definition of crap.... but That is why I rather fix-up an old boat
     
  14. blairg
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    blairg Junior Member

    I guess I will have to buy crap bacause I cant refurbish a bost.Thank guys for sharing the info Im gonna try to buy the best crap I can afford.
     

  15. anthony goodson
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    Mass production makes these boats affordable ,they serve a purpose and give a lot of people an insight into a hobby that they couldn't otherwise afford. There is value in this ,enjoy your new boat.
     
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