View Full Version : Shotty repair

03-11-2013, 02:46 PM
I found this boat I wish to purchase from a dealership in Texas. The salesman told me the previous owner had someone try to fix some scratches on the transom. They did a crappy job. The salesman said he would come down on price to pay for additional repairs to fix it or pay for a wrap on the boat. By looking at these pictures do these cracks look to be serious? Should they be fixed or would it be safe for me to wrap the boat? It also looks like overspray where they tried to lend on the sides. Did it crack because it dried incorrectly? I don't know much about gel coat and don't want to buy it if its going to continue to crack. Any help would be appreciated.

Thanks, Mat

03-11-2013, 02:48 PM
I'm no expert either, but that sure looks like a serious impact. Let's see what the experts have to say.

03-11-2013, 02:50 PM
Another pic

03-11-2013, 02:53 PM

east tx skier
03-11-2013, 03:01 PM
I don't know of too many cracks that get smaller as time passes. Where it Texas is it? Or, better yet, what dealership is it? There is a second to none gelcoat repair guy in Dallas.

03-11-2013, 03:28 PM
The ski dock in Austin Texas

03-11-2013, 03:59 PM
I don't know anything about gelcoat repair, but the pic in post #3, down in the lower right, looks like two pieces of trim that don't line up. I'd second the idea that the hull took a pretty big impact. That, and those cracks look like they're through the gelcoat and in to the fiberglass. I'm sure it can be repaired to full structural strength, but I'd expect a very, very sweet deal.

03-11-2013, 04:10 PM
Another farther out pic showing that trim.

03-11-2013, 04:28 PM
That's major damage to crack and buckle like that and not a cosmetic repair...I'd pass... There seem to be a few good 35s in the mid to upper 50's. did you see the all black one and the silver flake and red??

03-11-2013, 04:34 PM
Where? Most of the ones I find have the Mxc motor in them. I'm kind of Leary about getting one. I don't want the motor to be struggling and wear out faster. It's always cheaper to buy the bigger motor then make a small one stronger.

03-11-2013, 04:49 PM
looks like someone side-swiped a dock. easy to do! A good repair would require getting behind the place and putting some extra fiberglass down to reinforce it then grinding the cracks out and filling with gel. An OK repair would be just putting the glass on the inside. A bad repair would be covering it up with a wrap! I looks like is is not in a structural part of the boat and wouldn't lilely cause any safety issues. Still probably a $1500-$3000 repair and should be taken care of before any deal to buy the boat. You just never know if they are going to find a stringer cracked when they access the hull.

03-11-2013, 05:46 PM

03-11-2013, 05:46 PM
Maybe this is the one your looking at

03-11-2013, 05:51 PM
I've seen that boat listed for sale for a long time. I would keep looking....find a better boat. Don't be afraid of the MCX. Its a great motor.

03-11-2013, 06:07 PM
Yea that's the one I'm looking at. I've heard people talking about it being underpowered. We plan on doing a lot of wakesurfing.

03-11-2013, 06:27 PM
I wonder if there are any fiberglass stress cracks around the tower legs. If so then I would run away.

03-11-2013, 06:44 PM
When the gelcote is cracked then the fiberglass underneath is cracked. The previous repair was no good because the root problem, damaged fiberglass, was not corrected first. That area will have to be ground off to the fiberglass, the fiberglass repaired, and then gelcote applied.

03-11-2013, 07:19 PM

here was the other one I saw, higher then I remembered....

03-11-2013, 08:07 PM
Would it being a saltwater series make it worse then if it wasn't? I would never be using it in saltwater. The other SS I've seen are usually cheaper too.