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jackswhaler posted 09-19-2005 08:19 AM ET (US)   Profile for jackswhaler   Send Email to jackswhaler  
When washing the boat yesterday, I discovered a couple of long vertical stress cracks on the console near the left front corner. They run from the windshield, angling slightly toward the corner.

I'm sure the dealer will take care of them but I'm very concerned with this developing on a boat that's only been used for one season! Has anyone else here had this issue yet with their Nantucket (or other model)? Should I expect that this will continue once it starts?

Jack

bsmotril posted 09-19-2005 03:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for bsmotril  Send Email to bsmotril     
I've never owned a glass boat that did not have any stress cracks, including my two Whalers. More often than not, you'll find them on the deck cap and other parts like consoles and hatches than you will on the hull itself. The most common place is on an inside radiused corner. If your's starts at a screw, like where the windwhield attaches, and goes on from there, it was probably preventable and caused by poor installation of the windscreen. If the dealer will fix it, have them give it a shot. But don't be suprised if they come back in the same place. Just like wrinkles, they add character with age.
BillS
Maximus posted 09-19-2005 07:56 PM ET (US)     Profile for Maximus  Send Email to Maximus     
I've been meaning to post this, now I have a chance.

My 2003 Montauk 170 has developed a 'hole' in the aft port jump seat. It is located in an inside radius, on the transom vertical, just above the seat bottom.

I don't remember striking the location with anything, I doubt it was caused by anything I did. Gel coat and fiberglass are very hard, short of a cold chisel, you have to really hit it to make a mark.

When asked, the dealer said that this was probably a gel coat bubble and easily fixed. The 'hole' was about 1 square inch and soft around the edges.

The dealer also said that this is not covered under the 10 hull warranty. I've filled the defect in with 5200 and will pursue warranty/repair options this winter.

I'm concerned about a 3 year old boat with 150 hours having holes in it.

BW23 posted 09-19-2005 08:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for BW23  Send Email to BW23     
Max,
What you described is likely a air-void that happened during the gel-coat process. They are also quite common.

Whaler "should"?? repair those under warranty.

bsmotril posted 09-22-2005 12:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for bsmotril  Send Email to bsmotril     
I agree, that is certainly a warranty issue when there is a void in the layup. I think a call to Whaler customer service is in order. I would give the dealer the courtesy of letting them know your position first, and giving them another chance to make it right. Stand firm on this, it is a hull defect. BillS
bsmotril posted 09-22-2005 12:42 PM ET (US)     Profile for bsmotril  Send Email to bsmotril     
I agree, that is certainly a warranty issue when there is a void in the layup. I think a call to Whaler customer service is in order. I would give the dealer the courtesy of letting them know your position first, and giving them another chance to make it right. Stand firm on this, it is a hull defect. BillS
Maximus posted 09-22-2005 07:00 PM ET (US)     Profile for Maximus  Send Email to Maximus     
"Generally air voids are not considered structural, and repair would be covered under the initial one-year total boat/systems warranty, of which yours has expired. We'll be able to make a better determination once we see it."

Is a quote from the dealer. I'm going to have them evaluate the defect and then pursue the issue through Whaler if need be.

My last boat, a 16 footer, was/is over forty years old and didn't have any air voids.

Right now, I more concerned with getting one or two more rides in this season. More info to come.

Jkcam posted 09-24-2005 04:52 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jkcam  Send Email to Jkcam     
That sounds like a dealer that is penny wise and pound foolish. If I were the dealer I would suggest that when you bring it in to be winterized, we would take care of it free of charge. It amounts to slapping a little resin or gelcoat, depending on how large a void, and sanding/buffing it out. No big deal. Warranty coverage or not, the dealer sounds like a cheapskate.
Yiddil posted 09-27-2005 09:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for Yiddil  Send Email to Yiddil     
Das Bpat doesn't have a single spider web, hole NADA after the second season...But Im sure the Dealer should take care of this...If they don't call WHaler in FLorida:)

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