Moderated Discussion Areas
  ContinuousWave: Whaler Repairs/Mods
  22' Outrage Cracks in Gel Coat near Bow Steps

Post New Topic  Post Reply
search | FAQ | profile | register | author help

Author Topic:   22' Outrage Cracks in Gel Coat near Bow Steps
Airborne posted 10-27-2001 11:03 PM ET (US)   Profile for Airborne   Send Email to Airborne  
I noticed some cracks in the gel coat near the bow step/seat. They appear to be stress cracks from some of my wild ocean adventures hear in Northern,Northern California.

Is there any need to address this situation or other postings that I should be aware of? I love my boat and want to keep it in one piece. I can live with the cracks as long as it doesn't compromise the integrity of the boat.


kingfish posted 10-28-2001 07:58 AM ET (US)     Profile for kingfish  Send Email to kingfish     

What year is your Outrage? Are the cracks in the deck or the gunwale? How long and how wide are they?

Patching gelcoat stress or shrinkage cracks has been discussed a number of times and I think you'll find it fairly easy to find earlier threads that are pretty comprehensive if you open Repairs & Mods up to the past 45 days or more.

I'd be interested in the opinions of others here in the forum as to the likelihood that a 22' could be stressed in such a way as to cause cracks up there. I would have guessed (sight unseen, admittedly) that they would have been caused by something much more benign, like natural aging and/or weathering.

My 22 is a '92, and as yet (although now I'll be watching), I have seen no signs of that sort of thing. I wish you would describe the cracks some more, as I am curious.


Airborne posted 10-28-2001 08:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for Airborne  Send Email to Airborne     
Kingfish, thanks for the reply.
I have an 86 Seadrive model w/ Armstrong Bracket and 250 Ram Ficht. You are right, the cracks are probably not from flex. The cracks are along the edge of the checker rise and are about 4 inches long.

So, you suggest fixing with new gelcoat?


Post New Topic  Post Reply
Hop to:

Contact Us | RETURN to ContinuousWave Top Page

Powered by: Ultimate Bulletin Board, Freeware Version 2000
Purchase our Licensed Version- which adds many more features!
© Infopop Corporation (formerly Madrona Park, Inc.), 1998 - 2000.