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Re: O'Day 222 I Need Info & Direction on Repairing Fiberglass Crack in Hull
Ok, by my eye below the scupper drain on the stern under the gudgeon it looks like something struck the hull (likely the rudder), hard enough to punch through gelcoat and into the glass.
I'd say its a bit worse given your other picture, it looks like water has intruded into and behind the glass, and has compromised the backing plate molded into the glass (wood maybe?)... you MAY want to drill a hole (from inside) to see if its wood in the backer, and it rotted. If its dry, you are golden.
Now you are in PA with me... so its possible everything got wet, and froze... the freeze cycle might have made this worse that it should have been, but given that it'd likely leak out (assuming out of the water - which it would be since its a trailer sailor) you are LIKELY ok even if it did freeze (not enough water to matter).
Your goal is to make sure that backer is solid.. if it is, your gudgeons will be OK... if it is softened and rotted, then you MUST cut that whole section out and replace the backer, and the bolts for the gudgeons (not horrific, but still a PITA)...
The other area you are concerned with I am not seeing what you are pointing out.. to me it looks like someone redid that section (and probably correctly but hard to tell), and it seems dry and correct to me. The centerboard mechanisms are notoriously "simple" and it looks to be still in decent shape otherwise. Only way to be sure would be to "exercise" it... sadly in the water, and I wouldn't do that until that other problem is resolved.
Where abouts are you? I'm in Stroudsburg Area in PA...
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