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Surface cracks

A friend of a friend of a friend offered me a 76 pearson 26 in very good condition, I haven't seen the boat yet, but I talked to it's owner, and while talking about the hull, he said there's some surface cracks. Is that the sort of thing that needs a real repair, or something that you can get sanded, with a good coat of bottom paint, and be ok?
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Re: Surface cracks

Most likely not an issue worth worrying about.
Spider web thread sized cracks or much bigger?

Pearson 26' is a nice boat.
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Re: Surface cracks

Virtually impossible to tell the true extent of the problem based on the limited details provided.

My first reaction was like Caleb's: Minor gelcoat crazing or stress cracks; simple fix.

But, on second thought (after seeing the OP's bottom paint comment) I'm not so confident...

Pictures or a more complete description would help immensely in getting a set of opinions that may be of more use.
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Re: Surface cracks

They're spider cracks. When I said bottom paint I meant gel coat, sorry. I'm going to look at it this weekend, that should give a better idea. I read a lot of good things about the pearson 26, they seem pretty popular.
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Re: Surface cracks

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They're spider cracks. When I said bottom paint I meant gel coat, sorry. I'm going to look at it this weekend, that should give a better idea. I read a lot of good things about the pearson 26, they seem pretty popular.
Whew, that's good to hear. Gelcoat repairs are pretty straight forward, and are as good an initial DIY project as any other.

Hope you don't take this the wrong way, but you seem pretty new to all this. Any chance you can get somebody with boat ownership experience to go with you on your trip this weekend? There are tons of things that merit close inspection when evaluating a boat, and if you miss them you could easily wind up getting a boat with a negative value (i.e., it'll cost more to make her seaworthy than the boat is actually worth.) That's not to try and scare you off, but just trying to make sure you go into this with both eyes open, so to speak.
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Whew, that's good to hear. Gelcoat repairs are pretty straight forward, and are as good an initial DIY project as any other.

Hope you don't take this the wrong way, but you seem pretty new to all this. Any chance you can get somebody with boat ownership experience to go with you on your trip this weekend? There are tons of things that merit close inspection when evaluating a boat, and if you miss them you could easily wind up getting a boat with a negative value (i.e., it'll cost more to make her seaworthy than the boat is actually worth.) That's not to try and scare you off, but just trying to make sure you go into this with both eyes open, so to speak.
If they truly are spider cracks that go no deeper than the gelcoat they are likely due to age and post cure shrinkage ( no ! not like of Seinfeld) and not worth fixing. To properly repair widespread but cosmetic hairline fractures will cost more than the boat is worth. If you repair them improperly ..... they'll be back next year.

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Re: Surface cracks

It depends on location, layup type and depth. I just quoted about 10K to recore the house, cockpit coaming and side decks of a Pearson with deep cracks that had caulking stuffed in them. The core is shot all over the boat.
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