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Leaking redish liquid
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posted 03-22-2005 11:52 PM ET (US)
This will sound strange to most, but I am hoping will ring a bell to someone. I own a 1999 23 foot Outrage. No paint on bottom. Recently noticed slight gellcoat stress cracks in hull bottom. It appears that a viscous red tinted liquid leaks out of such cracks running down the bottom V for several inches in places. This material is crytaline to the touch (like wet sugar) and smells slightly acidic.
Has anyone noticed any similar cracks (I expect the answer would be yes) and especially any similar reddish discharge like the one I described coming from such cracks? If yes, any ideas or expert oppinions ?
Thank you much
posted 03-22-2005 11:55 PM ET (US)
I forgot to mention the boat has always been kept on trailer, never in the water. Has not been launched in a couple of weeks, possibly giving this event time to develop.
posted 03-23-2005 07:51 AM ET (US)
Any chance it could be hydraulic fluid from either a power steering unit or tilt and trim unit that ran down to where you found it?
Maybe gritiness is dirt or sand picked up along the way?
posted 03-23-2005 07:58 AM ET (US)
You can get a reddish brown discharge from soft or rotting wood. The acidic nature is probably added by some uncured resin.
posted 03-23-2005 10:17 AM ET (US)
I would suspect a void in the laminate which is more common along the strakes where it is common to fill them with putty behind the gelcoat. Because the gelcoat is brittle and not bonded well to the substrate, it cracks there. Water gets in, and you get a reaction like that with bottom blisters. The oozing liquid is the end resultof that reaction. I had this problem with an older Searay Laguna I used to own. When they started grinding off the gelcoat, the void was obvious, and it extended well beyond the length of the 20" crack visible on the outside of the hull. It was an obvious hull defect, and the dealer fixed it with no long term damage or negative results from the repair. Since Whaler has a 10yr hull warranty, I'd take it to the dealer for repair. Suggest you take a set of pictures as detailed as possible before the dealer gets it should you later need to escalate your case with Whaler for resolution.
posted 03-23-2005 11:35 AM ET (US)
Thank you for the timely replies.
Please keep potential feedback coming and I will updtae on resolution.
posted 03-24-2005 09:38 AM ET (US)
I believe this very condition, or one similar with
If I recall correctly, it was on or near the transom.
I wish I could help with some key search words
I do recall that there were some confident responses
Good luck and
posted 03-24-2005 10:03 AM ET (US)
I am with jimh,
doesn't sound good
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