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Nushlie posted 10-08-2011 04:17 PM ET (US)   Profile for Nushlie   Send Email to Nushlie  
This morning we noticed a very thin crack in the gel coat near the gas cap on our 2008 Outrage. The boat is babied in every way possible. We were extremely surprised to see this problem. Has anybody else had a similar crack?--Nushlie
K Albus posted 10-08-2011 09:57 PM ET (US)     Profile for K Albus  Send Email to K Albus     
It is a very common problem, and not generally considered very serious.
SteviLad posted 10-09-2011 01:12 AM ET (US)     Profile for SteviLad  Send Email to SteviLad     
Crazing (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crazing) is a common problem in fiberglass hulls. I have had crazing on a sailboat and was told by the manufacturer that it is related to the thickness of the gel coat application, and related to weathering from repeated heating and cooling cycles with sun exposure. They said that the problem is mainly cosmetic and not structural.
Jkcam posted 10-15-2011 05:37 AM ET (US)     Profile for Jkcam  Send Email to Jkcam     
I would not consider it a problem at all unless it goes beyond normal crazing. Just part of the charm.
wezie posted 10-25-2011 08:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for wezie  Send Email to wezie     
Some "gel coat cracks" may be caused by forcing screws and other metal objects into holes not large enough.
i.e. a predrilled hole too small for the screw or bolt inserted.
If the crack you refer goes straight to one screw, that might indicate a source of the problem. Even the gas filler itself, forced into a hole too small could be a problem.
Good Luck!

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