||07-22-2010 2:03 PM
Originally Posted by SamIngram
Did you read the Bob Lacovara articles that can be found online? He is the preeminent source on gel coat and hull cracking.
Funny you post that. I have worked with Richard at ICBW for ten years. All my personal work and referral work used to go to them strictly, no question. By far the best I have ever seen. And I see more than most. Unfortunately I talked with Richard last week and Island Coast Boat Works is closing for good. No work, no money. It sucks big time because now we are left with the acetone sniffing back of the truck guys working to pay their bar tab.
In off shore boats stress cracks and gel crazing is to a certain extent, part of life. Boats are plastic and they flex. They really flex in 3-4' head seas at 40 kts. Ski boats however encounter much different stresses. In many cases extended trailering can cause crack issues, tons of ballast and of course underlying build deficiencies can be to blame. Boats are built by humans, and although designed alike are many times very different the deeper you look.
As for advise I would beware the repair. Gel coat ages badly and a new repair that looks perfect today may stand out like me at a JayZ concert in six months.
Sorry to distract, just thought Sam would like to know.