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TightlinesPE posted 08-05-2005 08:41 PM ET (US)   Profile for TightlinesPE   Send Email to TightlinesPE  
I'm getting stress cracking around the legs of my hard top...some on the console where the legs from the top of the hard top meet the console and some in the floor.

Are these normal with these hard tops?

DaveH posted 08-06-2005 10:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for DaveH  Send Email to DaveH     

Please describe in detail the severity of the cracks e.g. length, depth, number of cracks, etc. Some poeple's idea of stress cracks are worse than others.

If they are severe, take photos with a ruler showing the size and locations and send copies to the dealer, the Boston Whaler Southeastern representative, and to Boston Whaler's customer service at the factory. Ask if there are problems with the supporting structure and if this is deemed normal for this model.

The photos will be your record of any propogation of the problem in the future and the factory responses will help you if there are any warranty clains. Boston Whaler has very good factory assistance from all I have read. Good Luck.

TightlinesPE posted 08-06-2005 03:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for TightlinesPE  Send Email to TightlinesPE     
Our dealer has a hard time getting parts and approval from the factory.

The stress cracking is actually on the console itself where two legs from the top of the hard top meet and are resting on the console itself for support. The length of these cracks are generally about 1.5-2 inches with the longest being about 3.5-4 inches. They are hair line cracks and are not even deep enough to be felt. They band out from the support leg of the hard top where it meets the console such as bands to a hurricane spiral out.

Our dealer is working to fix it...I was told it may or may not come back again, but I wasn't sure if this was normal. I was told every boat does this.

BOB KEMMLER JR posted 08-06-2005 07:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for BOB KEMMLER JR    
Anything mounted through glass and gel coat will crack unless it's kept on glass smooth water all the time.Just the nature of the beast so to speak.sounds normal to me
prm1177 posted 08-07-2005 03:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for prm1177  Send Email to prm1177     
Stress cracks are just that. Cracking at the points of greatest stress in the gel coat. Most boats I've seen have these and there are a few at the same locations on my 98 Conquest. I don't worry much about them, but I do inspect them periodically to ensure they don't grow. So far (I only bought the boat in April), they haven't changed. I'd expect if you get them repaired, they would come back eventually.

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