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09-25-2005, 09:49 PM #1
Rough water hull cracking?
I enjoy jumping my GTX SC and have noticed a few hairline cracks in the gell coat on the side just above the water line . My question is is it possible just by riding in rough water and jumping to cause a bad hull failure? I'm pulling my engine this winter and i'm thinking about gluing in 2" wide by 1/4" by 3' fiberglass bars in strategic areas inside the hull. I don't want to do it unless there is a serious risk of bad damage.
09-25-2005, 10:09 PM #2
yea it's def possible! it's happening to me as we speak... aggravates me and def not happy about it... my hull has a good section of stress cracks that jsut seems to worsen and spread....
i am primarily a very very rough water rider and plow thru 50 miles of the atlantic ocean every weekend... i never get a chance to sit down bc it's so rough and the hull is jsut smackin against the water in a very UN- smooth manner to say the least.... i NEVER saw anything like this with my 03 4-tec... but its very evident on my rxt
09-25-2005, 10:11 PM #3
i should say yea possible rough water causes this.... but i dont think it will equal a drastic failure or anything... jsut not aesthetically (spelling?) pleasing
09-25-2005, 10:25 PM #4
If the motor is out why not layer some fiberglass matt and resin to streangthen the weak spots??
My wife's GSX has spots like that on it now, I will be regelcoating it this winter to cover up those spots.
09-26-2005, 11:08 AM #5
I want to re gelcoat the bottom this winter but i want to stop the cracking so i guess i'll lay some glass on the inside. Does anyone know how much re gelcoating the bottom should cost? I don't know anyone around here who does it.
09-26-2005, 11:17 AM #6
When you are talking about a job like this, the best way to do it is to get a couple of estimates and take a look at their work, especially if you want a nice looking finish. I took mine to a (supposedly) good place for a very small repair and glad I did. They f'd it up and I would have trusted them to do my gelcoat repair one day and would have regretted it. I will eventually have to drive over 60 miles one day when I am ready.
09-26-2005, 11:47 AM #7
I am going to attempt to do my own. I am getting an old hull to practice on to try it out.
It sounds easier to do than paint, and is way cheaper for materials.
I have been speaking with GelCoat International for my info.
The trick sounds like you spray as much as possible with out runs to build up the thickness. This helps keep out fisheyes they claim.
Let it dry and wet sand and buff. This way if it is not perfect you have enough material to wet sound down to make it right.
Cost will be around $150 for materials to to the top or bottom.
I priced Emron 6000 and materials were going over $400.
Same goes around here, nobody does gelcoat and the people that do suck.
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