Crack in non-skid from previous owner

Discussion in 'Fiberglass/Wood/Gelcoat Repair' started by speakrdude, Jul 8, 2017.

  1. speakrdude

    speakrdude Member

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    Feb 21, 2009
    Northwest Arkansas
    2002 Sea Ray 340 DA
    Raymarine C80 Tri Data
    twin 6.2 MX MPI
    I've sealed it up so no water will penetrate, but would like to make it more attractive. If I fill, it will surely make it look worse.
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  2. Tonka Boater

    Tonka Boater Active Member GOLD Sponsor

    Jun 11, 2008
    Wayzata, MN
    1997 232 BR
    502 MAG, Bravo I
    A very skilled gelcoat guy can fix that assuming it's only cosmetic and still structurally sound. It looks like it goes under the hatch so I would remove the hatch, fix the gel then re-bed the hatch.
     
  3. skibum

    skibum Well-Known Member

    Jul 30, 2007
    Perry Hall, MD
    2005 Sundancer 260
    496 Magnum HO
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2017
  4. ttmott

    ttmott Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 3, 2012
    Space Coast Florida
    2006 52 Sedan Bridge
    Cummins QSM11
    That looks to be a structural issue. The substrate has failed from the opening cut-out on the hatch. When I had my hatches off the corners were cut to a sharp point rather that radiused which can promote cracking. possibly someone fell or jumped on that area and cracked the FRP under the gel. Regardless, It looks to me to be rather significant and to patch with gelcoat only will soon crack again.
    With that said there are molds that can replicate the pattern for replacement of small areas of gelcoat.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aoOtHe4g9m0
     
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2017
  5. Skuza

    Skuza Active Member

    Nov 1, 2006
    Lake St Clair, MI
    400 Sundancer
    7.4L Horizons
    Hate to say but that has bad written all over it. I would get that hatch out and check the core asap. Let the pros get involved on this one.
     
  6. SCORPIO

    SCORPIO Active Member SILVER Sponsor

    Apr 7, 2008
    Delaware
    1989 300 DA
    Twin 5.7 Merc Alpha I
    Agree with Skuza, that looks like bad core allowed deck skin to flex and crack. You may be looking at a deck re core and regelcoat. Call in a glass guy and get an opinion. Depending on what you find out, you may also want to get your insurance company on it as well as a surveyor. Let us know what you find.
     

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