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Old 18 May 2012, 15:58   #1
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Crack of doom!

After finally getting my hands on a searider I have been chuffed to bits and have been beavering away for the last two weeks to get it on the water and on my mooring. I have bought Ollyit's project Searider

Mr SR4 project -update

And have tried to carry on the great work that olly has done. I have got plans to do a complete restoration over the winter but i am far too impatient I want to use it this season so since i have done the bare minimum to get the boat in the water:

1/ Flowcoated the transom x2
2/ Mounted the engine and console with nice new shiny stainless bolts
3/ Fitted an elephants trunk
4/ Glued all the bits of loose tube down

I took her out to sea last week and was blown away how different it was from my supersport but I hadn't quite managed to seal the elephants trunk so it came back out and got another dose of sikaflex!

Launched again last night night and had solved the the elephant trunk leak so took it out for a quick spin, and when I came back in to the harbour noticed water was flooding onto the deck

A 60cm crack has open up between the deck and the sloping part of the hull. What is the best way to fix it?

What I roughly thought is to sand it back as far as I can, then fill in the gap with gelcoat and run one or two layers of cloth over the seam? Does that sound like it will be strong enough? I though about 20cm either side of the seam as an overlap?

Any guidance and tips would be great as I really want to fix this myself but I am totally new to boat repairs...
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Old 18 May 2012, 16:13   #2
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First impression is that the joint between the new deck and the hull has failed, so as a guess and without seeing it you will need to remove the loose material, clean the area and re-fibreglasss and gel/flow coat.

Secondly if the hull is still open for flooding I would close it.

But speak to Olly first as he is a good guy and should be able to help
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Old 18 May 2012, 16:53   #3
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Thanks Whisper, I have been drooling over your build thread and hope my finished project gets to look half as good as yours did. I spoke to Olly earlier and he suggested i posted up here and see what the general consensus is.

I don't really want to block up the hull as as the boat will be on a mooring and I am sure water will find some way in then i'll be carting around gallons of extra sea But if that is going to be best option then i can re-think that part.
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Same as Whisper, looks like where the deck is glassed down its lifted.
Do you know if someone has replaced the deck at all?

Mine used to live on a mooring with the hull open, I used to get mud and bits of twig and alsorts coming out when I used it.
I blocked mine off in the end but sold it before I got chance to see what it was like.
Done properly it will be fine.
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If you're glassing it yet- what about installing new transom knees in Glassfiber( and over the damage) instead of the typical sst transom fittings of the SR ? You'll have two things done then- repairing und preventing same happens again.

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If you're glassing it yet- what about installing new transom knees in Glassfiber( and over the damage) instead of the typical sst transom fittings of the SR ? You'll have two things done then- repairing und preventing same happens again.

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You'd have to lift the deck and have the knees going down to the hull otherwise your going to have a join in them creating a weak point.
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I think the trouble here is that Olly might not have used enough fibreglass to bond the new deck in, hence your crack. When I did a 4m Searider deck, I bonded the new deck in from underneath as well as on top which made it a lot more solid.

The good news is that he didn't remove ALL of the old deck material; the area around the bolt in the deck which the the transom knee attaches to is original material. Providing there wasn't any rotten material around here (which I presume there wasn't hence he left it in situ) then that transom knee is going to be pretty solid, despite the cracking around it.

When I had the deck up on the one I was working on I was amazed at how flimsy the actual hull seemed; there was was quite a lot of flex with no deck to stiffen the whole thing up. That's probably why this crack has appeared. I'd be temped to seriously beef up the fibreglass all the way around the edge of the deck where it meets the hull. Make sure you sand/grind back the top of the flowcoat in order to get decent adhesion.

As an extra measure, you could also drill all the way through the deck and hull, and replace the existing knee mounting bolts with bolts that go all the way through (with some big washers and lots of sikaflex) - that would eliminate any worries about how solid or otherwise that area currently is.
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It looks like the ss pole attatched to your deck has caused a lifting action, forcing the deck in that area to lift, I would say your idea of overlapping by 20cm is good and would help to stiffen that erea well, although seeing as your eager to get back out I think that could be halfed to 10 cm either side of the crack, and as mentioned in time maybe worth doing all round the deck joining hull erea. This is definatly a job you could do yourself, just don't ad to much hardener when making your mix, about 3% hardener/catalist this time of year should do fine, mixed with about half a pint of resin should give you about ten min working time. So after preping the area with rough sand paper, quickly apply resin at least 10cm either side of crack, then apply your first layer of mat, press the mat down with a cheap brush, then apply a good coat of resin, making sure there's no air bubbles, after saturating the first layer then place another pre-cut section over, pressing that second layer to soak the previous coat, then more resin over that, with one more layer of mat and a final coat of resin should do the job,
All the best with that, she'll last for years.
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I'm sorry but that isn't going to cut it. The picture of the crack clearly shows that the area where the deck has been laminated to has not been prepared. You can see the original Avon stippled flowcoat underneath where the new deck laminate has been put down and then failed. A proper bond would only have been achieved with grinding this off back to the laminate with 36gr. and roughing it up with a bit of sandpaper and wetting out a bit of Chop strand isn't going to work.
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Thanks everyone for input, it is much appreciated. I have been tied up today but did manage to give the area a good sanding to have a better look. I have taken the deck side down past the flowcoat and broken away anything that i could with a big screwdriver! It looks like the bottom side of the crack is the lap where the deck joins the hull. After i took the flowcoat off the hull side of the crack the original orange has started to show through so I think Ribraff is right, the new deck hasn't sheared away or failed but pulled away from the old material as it hasn't bonded. If I were to carry on sanding this area would that be good enough to get a good bond?

As Tim M mentions the hulls must flex to some degree in operation, so would adding thick rubber washers on either end of the transom supports help to dampen any flex and maybe help?
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