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Old    Anthony Hong (tipofloe)      Join Date: Jul 2004       08-30-2010, 12:22 PM Reply   
Hello everyone,

My warranty just ran out this Friday, and when I pulled my boat out of the water on Saturday and cleaned it, I've noticed several hairline gelcoat fractures.

I've searched through the forum for a good solution to repair this, but there seems to be various opinions on cracks, but not for the hairline fractures like this.

Has anyone ever had such a problem? The dealer quoted me $400 per crack, and since I have 4 of them, it's going to run me $1,600.

The funny thing is that the cracks are all by the screws that are mounting the windshields...

Anyways, I hope that it's simpler than having to remove the windshields, sanding it down and having to redo the whole gelcoat...

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Old    Art (rallyart)      Join Date: Nov 2006       08-30-2010, 12:28 PM Reply   
There are four now and you may get more later if it's related to flex at the windscreen. Why not just leave them and keep the $1600?
Old    Alan Slabaugh (alans)      Join Date: Aug 2005       08-30-2010, 12:34 PM Reply   
Those are spider cracks. I would leave them alone. You could have them repaired, but there is good chance they will be back next year.
Old    Hate N Pain (hatepain)      Join Date: Aug 2006       08-30-2010, 12:38 PM Reply   
Man that sucks on what is very obviously a manufacturers defect. Did your dealer even take a swing at Malibu on warrantying it?
Old    Matt (slappie75078)      Join Date: May 2010       08-30-2010, 1:48 PM Reply   
I would really want to get them fixed too. I would go back to the dealer and to Malibu to try to get them to cover it. Since your warranty JUST ran out, it would be easier to convince them they should goodwill the repair.

If they would not warranty the repair, I would put a sticker over each of them and be done with it. $1600 could buy a lot of other boat upgrades.
Old    Anthony Hong (tipofloe)      Join Date: Jul 2004       08-30-2010, 5:51 PM Reply   
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Originally Posted by hatepain View Post
Man that sucks on what is very obviously a manufacturers defect. Did your dealer even take a swing at Malibu on warrantying it?
They told me they'd forward the picture and see what they'll do about it... But...

I'm not too sure in this day and economy...
Old    Anthony Hong (tipofloe)      Join Date: Jul 2004       08-30-2010, 5:55 PM Reply   
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Originally Posted by slappie75078 View Post
I would really want to get them fixed too. I would go back to the dealer and to Malibu to try to get them to cover it. Since your warranty JUST ran out, it would be easier to convince them they should goodwill the repair.

If they would not warranty the repair, I would put a sticker over each of them and be done with it. $1600 could buy a lot of other boat upgrades.
I'm just worried that they'll start spreading like the windshield cracks on cars...

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