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Maybe. I am in the middle of a complete renew on a HR rasmus. My Rasmus actually has the same problem, a leaky fuel tank on bottom edge of keel. This boat's problem looks like it had occurred from a bounce on a rock while underway or not being supported correctly while on the dry. My evidence was spider web cracks in the gel coat radiating from the area of leakage. Also, the Rasmus is built by joining two halves together. This leaves a seam down the keel. This seam is filled and faired using some type of grey epoxy putty. In my mind, this seam could be a potential area of water intrusion and thus, laminate decomposition. and in examining my boat, this is the case. There is substantial laminate decomposition along this seam in several areas along this seam on my boat. I plan on grinding and relaminating with epoxy and glass along the entire seam. There was an area of complete decompostion of about 12 inches by 12 inches at the point of the cracks that will have to be ground completely out and relaminated. One of the problems with the Rasmus's construction in my opinion is that Hallberg Rassy filled the space between the fuel tank and hull with about 1 inch thickness of very hard and what seems to be brittle and inflexible aggregate similar to concrete. This may contribute to holing of some of these tanks when the bottom is impacted. My fuel tank actually has some of its interior baffles separated from the tanks sides due to an impact. It is all fixable, but it will take some work. In summary, I don't think it is due to "bad" construction. However, I do think this type of construction is intolerant of hard knocks coming from under the keel. Don't get me wrong, I love the boat, simple and strong.
Last edited by lizardheadone; 11-22-2013 at 06:59 PM.
Reason: Follow up: I have been cruising for 6 months with the repaired fuel tank. The epoxy/glass rebuild seems to be holding up ju