Once known as Hartley18
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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Ill try to get some pics but i'll be laying about 8 inches from it so they may not be much help. The soft spot is about 2 feet behind the centerboard and to the left about a foot and a half if you are at the aft facing forward. the exact opposite side is a bit harder that that side is.
The cracks are very supperficial in nature and do not appear to be anything more than gellcoat. They are almost hairline in nature. The spot is approximately the size of a basketball.
So it's on the Port side aft of the centerboard and the skin has flexed a bit...
In about that spot you should find some kind of stiffener running between the ribs and the centercase - perhaps the skin has come away from it's supports.. All it takes for this to happen is for someone to put their foot in the wrong place whilst the boat was on the trailer.
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