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Cracked Cockpit Sole

Hi All,

I had someone quote putting a teak sole in the cockpit of our 86 Catalina 30 the other day. He noticed a crack in the gel coat on the starboard side in the corner round that runs about 18" or so fore and aft down the corner. i have known about this and was planning to fix it with a gel coat repair kit but he felt it was a bigger problem and gave me contact information for a fiberglass guy who I called and is going to take a look at it this week.
It looks to me like flexing in the sole caused the cracking because there is nothing under it to support it, its just kind of like a bathtub if you will. I'm thinking mine is not the only boat that has seen this although I haven't read about it as a known problem with the C30. Has anyone seen this before? I will get some pics up as soon as I'm able.

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Re: Cracked Cockpit Sole

Is the FG guy his brother in law?

Probably just stress cracking in the gel-coat. Repairing just the gel-coat will not fix it as it will likely reappear. Check to make sure your cockpit sole core is intact. A surveyor who is impartial may be the best person to check this.
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Re: Cracked Cockpit Sole

Yes what happens is that the constant flexing eventually cracks the gelcoat. You can repair it by filling the crack, but it is likely to re-occur if you don't reinforce the area behind the crack to stiffen the structure.

You might take the view that it's taken 26 years to crack, so if it takes as long to re-crack after you fill it, that's not too bad.

If you do want to reinforce, you could do this yourself, if you feel so inclined. You'll reinforce under the corner with epoxy and fibreglass mat. Not too hard.

Casey's "Complete illustrated sailboat maintenance manual" covers this kind of repair in detail.

Some gelcoat cracking in a 26 year old sailboat at the points of highest stress is common and not too much to worry about, btw.
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Is the FG guy his brother in law?

Probably just stress cracking in the gel-coat. Repairing just the gel-coat will not fix it as it will likely reappear. Check to make sure your cockpit sole core is intact. A surveyor who is impartial may be the best person to check this.
We bought the boat last August and the crack was there then. The surveyor found no issues with the cockpit so I feel pretty good about the core. The glass guy has been recomended by someone else other than the wood guy so ill see what he has to say.
From what I'm hearing here though Im feeling inclined to do it myself and fill the gel coat and reinforce with glass underneath.
The area below is the aft berth and would be hard for anyone to notice my handiwork if it comes out ugly
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Re: Cracked Cockpit Sole

You could also put down a product like NUTEAK and be done w/ it. I did our cockpit a year ago and it looks great.
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You could also put down a product like NUTEAK and be done w/ it. I did our cockpit a year ago and it looks great.
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I saw that at the boat show this year but will it do anything for my fiberglass problem?
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Re: Cracked Cockpit Sole

Putting the teak down will stiffen the sole considerably.
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Putting the teak down will stiffen the sole considerably.
Agreed but I will still need to address the crack in the gelcoat. If I was going to put teak down could I get away with just filling the crack?
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Agreed but I will still need to address the crack in the gelcoat. If I was going to put teak down could I get away with just filling the crack?
I'd simply bed the teak in thickened epoxy - no fasteners holes, no caulking, no plugs, levels the surface, seals cracks - what more could you want?
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Re: Cracked Cockpit Sole

Why do you think you need to repair the gelcoat crack.
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