My first question on this forum, glad to be here. My friend and I bought a 26 foot Grampian sailboat last fall - my first sailboat! - and we need to get a dinghy for it, as our marina only has mooring balls.
I found this ad online for a cheap ($200) fibreglass dinghy. (Ad text and pics at end of this message) It is cheap, BUT it has some damage to it. There is a crack, I am not sure how deep, in the hull as shown (not very well) in the pictures.
My question is this: How difficult is it to fix a crack like this, assuming it has gone through the hul
l (but not all the way across the bottom - looks to be 2ft long or so)
I recognize it is probably really hard to tell how serious the crack is from the photos. But the boat is a two hour drive away, and I just want people's general thoughts before I go and take a look at it.
Is any crack in a boat like this a total disaster?
Or is it an afternoon of work with some patch up?
I suspect it may even float as-is, but not sure. The dinghy is not going to be doing much more than rowing ~200 feet from/to our sailboat in a very sheltered bay, so while it needs to float, it's not going to be banged about a lot.
Any advice very much appreciated. From "Stay away,that's a nightmare job" to "Won't look pretty, but will definitely float after a quick patch" let me know what you think.
Thanks all in advance, hope to be posting to this board a lot in the future.
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ex. sailboat , approx. 10.5 ft long by 4.5 wide made of fiberglass and has some cracks needs some repair, may trade for dirtbike/pt bike around 70cc