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Denny posted 11-25-2001 11:37 PM ET (US)   Profile for Denny   Send Email to Denny  
I am in the process of looking at an 89 Whaler. The boat looks good and the price seems OK. Inspecting the hull I found a 12"x1" gouge on the lower front, port side, center hull. The area has an ugly repair and a 5" section has come off. This section has been painted and cross-hatching is visable. There may be foam showing but I can't tell never having seen foam plus the area is painted. Looking at the boat after a heavy rain storm there were drips of water coming out of this area. (The owner says her former husband did it a couple of years ago.) Any suggestions?
This boat is 100 miles from my home and I have no idea of anyplace to have this thing inspected. Help!
jimh posted 11-26-2001 09:16 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
You can determine the depth of the injury by the color of the material you see:

Off-white = gelcoat
Bluish-green = laminate
Brown = foam

If the whole repair has been painted over if will be harder to tell what is what, but the foam should be much softer than laminate. Take a sample gouge to test.

You should carefully inspect the damaged area for signs of delamination between the foam and the laminate.

The location of the injury you describe sounds like it is near or below the waterline. It also sounds like it has not been repaired too well.

If the injury is below the waterline this is a problem, particularly since water could be forced into the interior of the hull from the pressure of the boat moving forward in the water.

If the foam is not exposed, this is a much less serious injury, really just a cosmetic issue then, perhaps.

Is the boat on a trailer? Has it been stored dry for a long time?

Denny posted 11-26-2001 09:29 AM ET (US)     Profile for Denny  Send Email to Denny     
Thanks for the reply.
It is right at the edge of the keel.
Good idea I'll take a look. This boat looks great but when I saw that I started to think "O brother!"
Do you have any idea how expensive a repair it would be if I hit foam? Should I take my checkbook and keep looking?
Thanks again for the follow up.
Denny posted 11-26-2001 09:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for Denny  Send Email to Denny     
The boat has been on a trailer and not been in the water since August. The wood looks like it has been kept outside

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