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Exclamation [SOLVED] Is my hull in serious danger?

I had some very helpful people in the sailnet chat room helping me out today and eventually the topic of my hull came up and I showed these pictures:


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Is this somewhat normal and nothing to lose sleep over (it's almost 3am) and a modest griding and re-glassing will fix it, or do I have a really bad potential issue here?

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Re: Is my hull in serious danger?

Can you see the area inside the boat where these cracks occur? From the pics it looks like the boat may have had some serious damage at some time in the past and the repair is starting to fail. I'd check it out from both sides to make sure you know how deep the cracks are....glassing from inside the hull may be needed.

I'm sure you'll get a lot of feedback from the group on this one.....Good luck and send updates as you do the investigation, OK?
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Re: Is my hull in serious danger?

I'd have a surveyor/professional take a look at this. At least then you'll know what the score. Get some sleep, it's only a boat.

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Re: Is my hull in serious danger?

Looks like it may have taken a heavy hit, maybe near the back portion? If the oval patch was not from removing a saildrive it certainly looks like it may have been holed. or pounded on a rock. As mentioned above, pictures from the inside might confirm that? Doesn't look good to me. Do you have any history on it? A quick survey would probably be worth it. Let us know what tou find.

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Re: Is my hull in serious danger?

The pictures are not taken in a way that allows the size and location of the issue to be understood BUT it looks to more than a minor problem

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Re: Is my hull in serious danger?

Looks to me that it's more than gelcoat stress here...and I agree with above posts that it looks like it took a hard it or got dropped by a forklifter or fell of it's cradle.....
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Re: Is my hull in serious danger?

I can't really tell where these pictures are located which limits the usefulness of my opinion, but I would say given what I can tell you have a very serious problem until proven otherwise.

Some of those pictures look to be leaking rust, which could typically mean oly a few things. If they are pictures of the rudder skeg then you have a crack that runs into the rudder post. If they are pictures of the keel, then the crack runs all the way to the keel bolts, which have started to corrode away badly enough that rust is leaking out.

Either way it could be a major repair, dropping the rudder/keel would just be the start.

The circle looks like a bad through hull fitting patch, but I didn't get a good sence of scale. If that's all it is it isn't so bad. Just grind out the bad, patch with new, bottom paint and go sailing.

The transom damage looked like it is non-structual really. But still grind out the bad, patch and repaint.
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Re: Is my hull in serious danger?

Forgot this: You may want to carefully check where the bulkhead(s) are tabbed to the hull. Any sign of cracking or de-lamination may be a sign it has taken a heavy impact(s).

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Re: Is my hull in serious danger?

Yes you guys are right. I take lots of pictures because the boat is about 100 miles from me so I need to reference things by picture a lot. Sadly I didn't use any objects for scale and even my "zoomed out" shots were actually pretty zoomed in. When I looked at the boat in person again (wondering how I could have missed the severity) the cracks were not that bad.

Regardless, we grinded the cracks out down and reglassed them. I dremeled out the transome and other gouges in the hull and filled with a filler and will gel coat tomorrow.

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The circle looks like a bad through hull fitting patch, but I didn't get a good sence of scale.
You are exactly right. The previous owner did a very shoddy patch job on two through hulls. It was basically a plastic plug and some sort of caulking. The good news is the fiberglass hull is over an inch thick where the center through hull was, that is reassuring.

I think I'm going to be OK!

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Re: Is my hull in serious danger?

Dont want to scare you but i am betting you have serious ingress of salt water to your keel bolts. My advise is to do one of two things. drop the keel and have a look then go from there or have the keel bolts xrayed. you could have a very serious problem. do not sail that boat with your family till you fix it right. You can loose your keel at sea and topple over if you know what I mean. do not, I repeat do not just patch the crack, your life could be in jeapordy.
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