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Fishface posted 02-22-2001 07:54 PM ET (US)   Profile for Fishface   Send Email to Fishface  
I'm considering buying a 1976 sport. It has the original wood and engine but appears to be in decent shape. I noticed tons of small cracks on the deck of the boat but nothing that appeared to be significant. I looked through a years worth of strings and am still a little confused as to what these cracks could mean. Should I think twice? What does this mean for the boat in the future? How do you tell if the boat has significant structural damage or is waterlogged to the point of being worthless? Any thoughts as to how to avoid a mistake are greatly appreciated. Thanks.
whalernut posted 02-22-2001 09:19 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalernut  Send Email to whalernut     
I believe they are Spider Cracks and I know they can be repaired, but not sure how? Someone on this forum does though. As far as waterlogged, someone can tell you that to. Someone should respond soon to you`re question with more technical knowledge than me. Good luck-Jack Graner.
hardensheetmetal posted 02-22-2001 09:59 PM ET (US)     Profile for hardensheetmetal  Send Email to hardensheetmetal     
Fishface-

I am no expert either but i can tell you that everyone of the six whaler I have owned have had some degree of crazing (stress cracks, spider webing, etc). When I was younger, I was VERY particular about my 13 and wrote Whaler several letters about the stress cracks that had appeared in my hull. Their official response was that the cracks most likely are gel-coat deep only and do not penetrate into the actual fibrglass layer of the boat and therefore are not structural. depending on where they are, they should be repaired though as they may allow water to seep in and through contraction and expansion (freezing/thawing) could eventually lead to localized delamination of the gel-coat/fiberglass bond.

The best fix for these that I have used is to use a dremel tool with a small cone shaped bit and cut a path over the crack, then take a small (1/8") drill bit and drill a small hole at the beginning and end of the crack(drill into the fiberglass but not all the way through if you can help)I've been tol this will keep the crack from expanding. then get some gel-coat ( Spectrumcolor.com ) fill, wet sand, and buff. If the interior is completely full of these cracks, you would probably be better of fixing the cracks with epoxy, sanding the interior, and painting. Hope this helps, don't be too scared of these cracks, now that original 1976 motor...

Dan

Fishface posted 02-22-2001 11:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for Fishface  Send Email to Fishface     
Thanks for the pointers. I also just found the write-up on the web page about common questions etc., very helpful. I'm taking for it spin on Tuesday, I'll let you know how that engine runs.....
David Reid posted 02-24-2001 09:52 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Reid  Send Email to David Reid     
Hey Fish, I just tried to send you a long-winder about that rig, but yahoo says you do not have an account, at least for the address listed in your profile. If its the 15' up in Buford, we need to talk. David

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