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TrophyTrout posted 01-19-2002 12:29 AM ET (US)   Profile for TrophyTrout   Send Email to TrophyTrout  
A few questions:
1) What is the best way to remove stains? (Other than having my father scrub for hours)
2)Are very small spider cracks a problem? Should they be covered with gelcoat or paint? If we do, will we lose the non-skid surface?
3)Can the strip of trim between the rub-rail and fiberglass be replaced easily?
4)Should the holes made by bow rail connections be sealed with something? Is there some type of insert that can be used, so they can be removed frequently?

Related Pictures at:
www.geocities.com/gandlbecker/whalerpage.html

Thanks for the help

jimh posted 01-19-2002 01:29 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
In this photo http://www.geocities.com/gandlbecker/Boat2.jpg the cracking is not what I would associate with the usual stress cracking of gelcoat. It looks more like a total surface crazing.

What kind of environment was this boat exposed to?

TrophyTrout posted 01-19-2002 02:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for TrophyTrout  Send Email to TrophyTrout     
Unfortunately the boat was purchased recently, so I'm not sure what it was exposed to. For the past two years it was stored outside under a tarp, and had a huge amount of oak tree leaves in it.

The cracking is confined to a 1'x6" section. I read posts from the past two years and did not find anything that sounded similar. The cracks probably do not penetrate the gelcoat. They don't look like stress cracks. I'm wondering if I should just paint over them.

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