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Fiberglass Stress Crack in Sliding Cap

Hello Readers,

I have a recently purchased a 1978 Catalina. I noticed that on the sliding cap above the companionway entrance a stress crack on both sides of the slider.

I would like to repair the slider so that the stress crack doesn't spread. Owners of older Catalina boats may know about these areas where stress cracks are apt to occur.

I have attached a few pics showing the cracks in the slider.

Your advice is appreciated.
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Add a couple of layers of cloth to the sliding hatch...the only real way to get rid of stress cracks is to re-inforce the area so they can stand the stress...


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