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Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Casco Bay, Maine
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It's true that fiberglass hulls are capable of flexing without permanent damage. The question is HOW FAR can it flex before this happens and has yours flexed this far? If the gelcoat and paint are not cracked that is a good sign. One thing you can do immediately is get another jack stand and put it right on the stem. This boat might be leaning forward a bit and putting pressure on the side stands, thus the extra pressure causing the dent. The stem will take this pressure much better.
To identify if there is fiberglass delamination you'll have to tap the hull and listen to the noises it makes. Or hire a surveyor to do this for you. Nice pingy noises are good; dull, mushy thuds are bad. You may want to add stringers to the interior of the hull if you buy it because it may be a combo of the stand placement and too large of an unsupported area in the bow without structural support. If this is the case you'll notice your hull flexing when sailing to weather, called oil-canning. All easily solvable with fiberglassed supporting stringers, as long as the hull hasn't delammed.
who is staring at the sea is already sailing a little