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Old 05-15-2005, 04:47 PM
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Gelcoat cracks

Just finsihed waxing the boat to get her ready for action. Starting to notice quite a few spider web cracks around the exhaust outlets and the rudder and prop mounts. On an 8 year old boat, is this something I should expect or should I talk to someone about it. Some of them are 15+ inches long.

260 Hours on boat. Will be spending summers on a lift from now on when not in use.

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Old 05-15-2005, 05:39 PM
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The lift will help a lot preventing water from penetrating deeper then the cracks surface and it will help the hull drying.
Hope it doesn't turn into blisters...
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Old 05-15-2005, 07:09 PM
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Doesn't sound normal to me, especially with the low use. Most spider cracks are only consmetic inconveniences, but since yours are below the water line, I would be concerned about water intrusion to the fiberglass layer. Some cracks are easy to fix, others are signs of more serious structural problems. It might be wise to have a knowledgeable fiberglass shop have a look.
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Old 05-16-2005, 12:25 AM
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I've heard of some boats developing cracks. Others not. My 93 does not have any spider cracks to date (knock wood). I'd have it checked out by your local glass guy.
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Old 05-16-2005, 12:35 AM
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TMC glass guy here

I would definantly have them checked out. Water can seep through the cracks and cause major problems. But cosmetic cracks are no big deal except the looks.
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Old 05-16-2005, 09:03 AM
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Local fiberglass shop as opposed to my MC dealer? MCs warranty is a bit vague. Is this something that might be covered? Should I just keep an extra coat of wax on it?
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Old 05-16-2005, 11:19 AM
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Ask your dealer if it is covered by warranty. If not a good fiberglass shop that is reputible can do the work for you. Just make sure they know what they are doing.
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Old 05-16-2005, 01:40 PM
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Sorry, I'm so far out of warranty land that I don't think of that much. Check with the dealer first. Usually, a dealer will farm out its glass work anyway. Just get references. Some glass folks are better than others.
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Old 05-25-2005, 11:25 AM
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I think it should still be under warranty. If the cracks are in the gel coat on the hull, they should cover them. I would think it may depend on the customer service of you dealer. Gel coat cracks are somewhat common on lesser quality brand boats, not on Mastercrafts.
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Old 06-11-2005, 01:39 AM
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I have a 96 PS190 and also have spider cracks around the exhaust outlet. Actually, one crack on each side of both outlets extending 6-8 inches. I had them checked out by a very reputable fiberglass guy. He said it was nothing to worry about. You can buy gel coat repair kits fairly cheap and is a simple project. If you find out about the warranty, pls post the results!
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