View Full Version : Buying a boat - gelcoat cracking issue

06-19-2012, 02:58 PM
Need your help!!

I'm looking at buying a 2001 MC X30 -- it's several hundred miles away, so I haven't seen it in person. I did have the seller email me many up close photos to reflect any imperfections in the interior and the paint.

All the pics seem to check out, with the exception of one - it concerns me a bit. I noticed several very small hairline vertical cracks no more than an inch long along the rub rail, spanning over approx. 8-10 inches...one every half-inch or so. These are located directly below where the tower attaches to the side of the boat, near the windshield.

I have pics -- Thanks, CANT REPEAT for uploading them!!

All in all, the boat is in good to great condition, considering it's 11 yrs old.

Are these hairline cracks common for this age of a boat? Is there a way to know if it's just the gelcoat vs. a more serious fiberglass issue?

Please help! Thanks!

06-19-2012, 03:16 PM
Go find anther boat. Sorry!

06-19-2012, 03:30 PM
I sent you a PM with my email address, send me the photos and I'll see if I can upload them for you.

06-19-2012, 03:45 PM
I have the same cracks... 2003 X30. They were there when I got the boat with 26 hrs.

06-19-2012, 03:57 PM
I would say $400 to $800 bucks to fix the cracks. They look cosmetic to me and other then looks I do not think they would be an issue.

06-19-2012, 03:57 PM
Thanks, Cantrepeat -- you have mail.

06-19-2012, 04:57 PM
Probably hit a dock hard with the rub rail and caused the spider cracks or the top deck and hull were fastened too tight from the factory. $400-800 to fix, to do it right you have to pull back the rub rail. Or just live with them and use them to get a bigger discount on the purchase :)

06-19-2012, 05:03 PM
Looks Like Its COSMETIC / GELL COAT Stress Crack...from A Dock Or Pier HittiNg It From Waves. Ive Seen It On A Few Of My Friends Boats

06-19-2012, 05:30 PM
dock damage. If the price was right I would still buy the boat

06-19-2012, 06:15 PM
I had similar cracks on my Prostar 190 from the non genuine tower putting stress on the area where the deck meets hull. Curious as to whether both sides are the same on this boat, in which case the area may need some reinforcing and gel repair. Is it my imagination or are the tower legs slightly curved downwards, it could be that the top of the tower has hit something?

06-20-2012, 10:29 AM
petermegan -

Good catch -- after further research and comparing more pics of this and other similar boats/towers, your right -- it does appear to be slightly bent.

Thanks for all the help everyone!

06-20-2012, 10:47 AM
Spider cracks and hard water spots galore!!! Thjis boat was not attended too and I guarantee if an owner allows water spots like that he hasn't maintained other things!!! There are better boats, glad to see you walk!

06-20-2012, 01:37 PM
Ntidsl --