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Bill the Novice posted 07-06-2008 10:09 AM ET (US)   Profile for Bill the Novice   Send Email to Bill the Novice  
I purchased a 2003 240 outrage in March and while pulling it two days ago, had a bad wreck. The trailor jackknifed, slung around, slammed into the guardrails on the side of the interstate in the middle of Houston, Texas. My beautiful outrage finally rolled off the trailor, breaking off all restraints. It came to rest on the top edge of the hull, with the t-top bracing it and keeping it from rolling all the way over. Incredibly, the only damage I saw before she was towed away (it was in the middle of a storm) was a couple of gouges in the hull down to the fibreglass and the bent t-top (around thirty degrees towards the starboard side). If that is all the damage, is the hull repairable and how do I find a replacement t-top (any idea on cost?)? One other question - the wreck pulled it up on the trailor by the trailor eye - is it strong enough to take that sort of stress? Please advise - thank you.
Bill the Novice posted 07-06-2008 11:15 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bill the Novice  Send Email to Bill the Novice     
The reason I'm asking is that I can't find ANYTHING on the T-Tops on the internet. Is it something that HAS to come through the dealership and can they acquire one? Thanks to anyone that replies.
Jerry Townsend posted 07-06-2008 05:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for Jerry Townsend  Send Email to Jerry Townsend     
Search for T-tops on the CW web - manufacturers have been discussed before. ---- Jerry/Idaho
Bill the Novice posted 07-06-2008 05:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bill the Novice  Send Email to Bill the Novice     
Thank you, Jerry - today is my first day to see this forum and I'll give it a shot.
andygere posted 07-09-2008 11:28 AM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
Bill,
Have a qualified fiberglass repair shop look very carefully at the anchor points for the T-top. In order for that top to have been bent as you describe, some serious loads were likely transmitted to the floor and console through the T-top attachment points. It would probably be a good idea to have the old top completely removed and a detailed inspection conducted.

The bow eye is generally a pretty strong point for pulling the boat, but it should certainly be carefully inspected. I'd suggest having it removed, and having the mounting point in the hull laminate carefully examined. It's probably not a bad idea to have the hardware replaced, even if it looks OK. The same goes for the stern eyes, since these were stressed when the boat rolled off the trailer.

Glad to hear you are OK, the boat can be repaired.

andygere posted 07-09-2008 11:31 AM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
Whaler can probably refer you to the OEM that made the original T-Top. They probably have a CAD file on hand and can build a new one from that. Alternatively, a good marine tubing fabricator may be able to repair your top, or simply duplicate it, using your old top as a model. I'd opt for having a completely new top made if your insurance company will go for it, since the welds and tubing of the existing top have been stressed, and could cause problems later on that are not evident today.
handn posted 07-15-2008 09:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for handn  Send Email to handn     
andygere is right on about the bow eye attachment. Inspect for damage inside the anchor locker. Look for fiberglass chips and evidence that the small metal backing bracket has cracked the supporting fiberglass.
Be very careful about who does the fiberglass repair on your boat. Make sure the the person or shop has substantial experience with Whalers. You may find that repairs are more complex and costly than for an ordinary boat.
When I hit a rock with my 23 Conquest, I had the hull repaired twice neither time correctly.
Search on this forum "Repairing hull damage the Whaler way". Basically what is involved is removing enough of the foam so that the repaired fiberglass bonds with fiberglass rather than foam.
Good luck. All of us Whaler lovers share your pain.
jimh posted 07-15-2008 12:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
You won't find the information suggested above in the Forum archives. The article is in the REFERENCE section.

Repairing Hull Damage the Whaler Way
by Taylor Clark

http://continuouswave.com/whaler/reference/whalerRepair.html

The REFERENCE section contains a great deal of well-researched, well-written, and well-illustrated technical articles about Boston Whaler boats.

Bill the Novice posted 07-22-2008 05:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bill the Novice  Send Email to Bill the Novice     
Thank you everyone for the replies. The point about the stress to the deck around the "feet" of the t-top is well taken. An engineer buddy of mine isntantly focused on that point as being the most problematic in this type of accident. However, I"m happy to report that I've seen nothing that indicates any damage. Maybe, hopefully, this will be one of those "miracle" accidents where nothing "permanent" resulted.
Bill the Novice posted 07-22-2008 05:57 AM ET (US)     Profile for Bill the Novice  Send Email to Bill the Novice     
The stress on the T-Top did at least transfer to the console - the t-top broke away from the console on the starboard side and pressed INTO and cracked/broke the console on the port side of the console. The "expert" assured me that I won't know the difference. The T-Top has been totaled and he is bringing in a tech to 'duplicate" the t-top in all respects except for the sleeves between the base of the t-top and the top. Is that sleeve there for wiring purposes? Danke. Bill.

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