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Gel Cracks on 309
My 2007 Catalina 309 has more gelcoat hailine cracks than I would expect. My dealer is fixing them (rather poorly) under warranty. Dealer had me take a picture of each crack and they send the pics to Catalina for approval.
I made pictures of maybe 25 to 30 different cracks ranging from an inch to a foot or so. They occur both at hardware mounting locations and areas where no undue stress would be suspected. Inside the anchor well there are too many cracks to count.
In an inch by yard long area beneath the two large cabin windows, there are thousands of fine/tiny hairline cracks...I can't imagine how they'd be repaired, at least not easily.
There are no cracks in the topsides.
When I launched this Spring, I applied VC17 bottom coating to the areas where the cradle pads are, but rollered over the same area too many times and lifted the old coating. When I cleaned up the one foot square area with acetone I was down to bare gelcoat. This revealed an area that was criss-crossed with an uncountable number of hairline cracks. I don't know whether this is just under the pad where I removed the coating or whether it's more widespread, as the cracks didn't stop at the edge of the exposed area.
I'm the first owner of the boat and am aware of no collisions, etc.
I've owned several boats that were 10 to 20 years old and have none of them has had anywhere close to this many cracks.
There are no spider cracks (cracks radiating from a central point). They're all basically linear.
I'm not happy about this. The dealer says it's nothing out of the ordinary (hoo boy). I haven't talked to Catalina yet.
Questions: Is this a problem? What would you do? Is the boat prone to cracking and will it continue? Am I screwed?
Last edited by Siamese; 09-28-2008 at 11:03 PM.