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PULLNIT posted 01-13-2002 05:04 PM ET (US)   Profile for PULLNIT   Send Email to PULLNIT  
Thanks to this great site I just purchased my first and always wanted Whaler.She is a 1988 18 outrage.There are a number of cracks in the interior.The usual around the transome,But most of them are on the bow interior where the floor meets the side walls.It doesnt look like stress cracks,I think they are from the hot Florida sun drying out and bakeing the gel coat.How do I go about fixing these hair like cracks??
Thanks John
lhg posted 01-13-2002 06:21 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
Whaler's instructions are to "vee" them out with a can opener about 1/16' - 1/8" deep, paint in new gelcoat, sand, buff etc.

My 18 Outrage is 15 years old, and has no such cracks. Are you sure there isn't another problem?

PULLNIT posted 01-13-2002 06:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for PULLNIT  Send Email to PULLNIT     
I am not sure what caused them?I think it is from the sun becouse the gel coat seems very dry.Also there are alot of what appears to be small crack like scratch cracks all over the floor that covers fuel tank??????
hardensheetmetal posted 01-13-2002 07:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for hardensheetmetal  Send Email to hardensheetmetal     
John -

The cracks sound like normal stress cracks in the gelcoat that are very typical to all Whalers (even brand new 2000 boats). When I redid my 13 I used a dremel tool with a small cone shaped attachment. This worked very well to 'chase' out the cracks. It has now been a year since I did the repairs and none have reopened. The only words of caution that I might bring up are this, unless you are able to mix up an exact color match (new spectrum gelcoat is close, but not exact because of fading)the repair may be more noticeable than the original crack.


PULLNIT posted 01-13-2002 07:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for PULLNIT  Send Email to PULLNIT     
I read over the owners manuel that came with boat-In the Gelcoat section it says gelcaot can chip,crack,scratch or blister over the years and during use.These are cosmetic conditions and do not affect structure.With that said maybe,If I cant repair them without them sticking out like a sore thumb I will leave them.Is it costly to have fixed to match profesionally.
Reliant posted 01-13-2002 08:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for Reliant  Send Email to Reliant     
Before you try and do any color matching, I recommend that you buff out the gel coat first. My 1983 outrage was very faded when I bought her. Topsides were chalky white. Using a professional grade Milwaukee buffer and buffing compound brought the boat back to desert tan color in a hurry.

Just a thought and do not mean to add to your to do list.

hardensheetmetal posted 01-13-2002 09:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for hardensheetmetal  Send Email to hardensheetmetal     

I agree with Reliant, try wet sanding with 1000 grit paper and then buffing out, I think you will find that some of the more minor cracks will almost disappear. After a mishap at a boatyard where I was storing the boat I did have some professional gelcoat work done and it was noticeably better match than I could achieve.


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