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buster1389 posted 10-05-2001 02:11 PM ET (US)   Profile for buster1389   Send Email to buster1389  
I recently finished the restoration on my 1962 13' whaler. I have used it about 20 hours and found a crack on the inside of the boat where the transom meets the starboard side. I had installed a T@H mini jacker to raise the longshaft 25 hp evinrude that i aquired with the boat. If i push down on the motor i can feel the crack getting bigger. How can i repair this. Does anyone know a good glass man in the Tampa area? $$ is an issue as i am a student trying not to spend to much money on the boat. Thanks for your help
Sinclair7 posted 10-05-2001 04:02 PM ET (US)     Profile for Sinclair7  Send Email to Sinclair7     
I have a '82 13 foot whaler and have several stress cracks where the transome meets the side walls. From what I have read on this sight, stress cracks are common on the 13 foot model. Especially the older ones. On a tight budget, a glass guy might not be the answer. The stress cracks, from what I have read in the forum, are from the transome flexing under the strain if the engines operation. Adding strength to the transome buy adding extra glass and resin would be great but requires removing a substantial section of gelcoat and doing the glass work. Then you will have to do gelcoat work that somewhat matches. In some of the past posting, people have said a dremel tool is good for openiing up the cracks and filling with gelcoat. What I don't understand is, if the transome is flexing, won't it crack again. if you hear anything about how to fix and prevent these cracks inexpensively, let me know.
buster1389 posted 10-05-2001 09:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for buster1389  Send Email to buster1389     
From what i can tell, this is more than a stress crack. It has been repaired before and is opening up more than i like. It started small and grew to about 6 inches in length within 5 or ten hours of use. I awlgripped the boat and have plenty left over so the gelcoat doesn't concern me much. Any other help would be great
LarrySherman posted 10-05-2001 09:49 PM ET (US)     Profile for LarrySherman  Send Email to LarrySherman     
Mike, Best think to do is take a picture and mail it to a few of us. Borrow a friends digital camera. Closeups of course. Have someone else put some weight on the motor so we can see it flex.

Also, tell us what you can about the previous repair: who did it, how it was done, when, materials used etc.

You can proably fix it yourself, but it could be a big job to to it correctly.


buster1389 posted 10-05-2001 10:27 PM ET (US)     Profile for buster1389  Send Email to buster1389     
The boat was a wreck when i got it. The only thing that was good about it is that it wasn't water logged. It looks to me that there have been repairs on both sides over the years... it is a 62.. i will try to get some pictures this weekend and send them to you guys. thanks
adaps4 posted 10-05-2001 11:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for adaps4  Send Email to adaps4     
This is Dan- I met you at the Davis Island launch a couple weeks ago. If you need help, email me again. I would be more than willing to take a look at it. I have some experience with fiberglass, resins, etc. I build kiteboards to use on the windy days when I can't run my Whale. I have a really good fiberglass shop in St. Pete- you tell them what you need to fix, and they will tell you what to do, and what you need. Hope to see you out there this weekend-

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