Advise Repairing Stress Cracks
Help! I have a 1993 25' Power Play SD that has some gelcoat stress cracks that I'd like to get repaired...I have access to the inside bulkhead and don't see any damage to the fiberglass - just the outer gelcoat. Any 'Step-by-Step' advise would be GREATLY appreciated!!!!! Here's some pics:
Are the crack's inline or postion of the bulkhead ?
Thanks for the reply Offshore Ginger - the stress cracks seem to be forward of the bulkhead - there doesn't seem to be any separation between the bulkhead and the outer hull - hope this helps?
Beuller? Beuller? Anyone? Anyone? Class? Anyone??
Any other input would be GREATLY appreciated!
Looking at your pictures, it seems you have a structural integrity issue or that hull was involved in a pretty severe docking mishap.
This is the part you are going to cringe at.
To repair that properly (read; permanent) all of the small spider cracks and the larger linear cracks will literally need to be completely ground out, if the crack extends down through, or into the structural fiberglass (betting they do), you will need to fair all the way down until there are no crack remnants detectable.
If into the fiberglass, you will need to rebuild it back to where you started. Not impossible, but tedious.
Once the glass is repaired, only then can you re gel coat and take care of the cosmetic portion of the job. This area is large enough that it should be sprayed and blended. There are additives that can be added to straight gel coat that make it flow pretty well and can be color sanded and polished to be virtually undetectable.
This of course all hinges upon finding out whether or not it was driver error, or a structural shortcoming.
Originally Posted by Quickjet
To add to the post above seeing that you have stated that the cracks seem to be foward of the bulkhead i personally feel that you might be having issues with the cracks because the bulkhead was not trimmed properly before mating the hull to the deck in other words if the bulkhead is somewhat larger
Originally Posted by norcalLmo
then need be
or fitting way to snug it possiably may be putting a tremdeous ammount strain , and fatique on the hull in that area even though it does not show any signs of separation because if the bulkhead is a little larger then need be and fitting way to snug most likely you will never notice anything from the inside other then the signs you are experiencing at the moment . Just curious , do you know of anyone else who possiably owns a 25 PowerPlay that is experiencing the same problems as you are in that area ?
Last edited by OFFSHORE GINGER; 11-06-2012 at 06:31 AM.
Thanks for the follow-up!
THANKS for the follow-up.....I'm taking it in to a shop next week and I'll update you guys on the findings....Thanks again!
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