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Old 14 October 2012, 17:17   #1
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Cracked Gelcoat around Transom.

I need to repair the gelcoat where it has craked due to vibration where the transom boxes are attached the transom of Pigs Ear. There are no structural issues and thre transom is solid however I understand that there is a compound that can be added to Gelcoat to make it slightly flexible and prevent it cracking again...

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I am guessing that I need to grind the crack out a bit then use some sort of flexible epoxy with micro balloons to create a fillet that I can then sand...

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I need to repair the gelcoat where it has craked due to vibration where the transom boxes are attached the transom of Pigs Ear. There are no structural issues and thre transom is solid however I understand that there is a compound that can be added to Gelcoat to make it slightly flexible and prevent it cracking again...

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There is a flexible polyester resin available... add 10% to normal gelcoat to make it resilient.

I'd be surprised if there are no issues with the underlying structure.
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We also have this issue, and also on the top of the transom either side of where the motor is mounted. Essentially stress cracks in the top gelcoat. Will be ground down and inspected before re-filling. Hope there is nothing more serious to them.
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Same here. Appeared quite early on and I've always assumed it's just the brittle gelcoat cracking at the corners. My transom hasn't fallen off yet
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Yep my previous rib (TimeBandit) had the same thing too.

It is one area where Osprey could have done a better job but it is definitely just cosmetic.

it's the transom boxes that cause the problem IMO
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Do u get water ingress in to the inner hull through these cracks ?
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Went to the boat yesterday and took these pics of the ones on top of the transom. Not sure when they appeared but they have been around for at least two years now. Will grind them out and fill this winter though. I believe that they're just superficial cosmetic cracks but only grinding them out will tell. They don't appear to extend under the engine saddle, just either side.
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