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Old 20 May 2014, 15:38   #1
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Cracks near transom

Just cleaning out the gubbins from the drain well on my Humber and noticed these small cracks where the transom supports meet the deck. It's a 1998 so I guess that they have been there a while. Is this a sign of something much worse going on or should I just keep my eye on them to make sure they don't get worse?Click image for larger version

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Old 20 May 2014, 15:46   #2
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should I just keep my eye on them to make sure they don't get worse?
Pretty much ... all transoms flex to a degree , the flow coat on the deck is quite brittle after a few years, so that looks ok so far , whats the hull length and horsepower ? is it the 5M on your details ? .. you maybe want to dry store the boat for several months overwinter and re seal them though
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Old 20 May 2014, 15:55   #3
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Yes, it's the 5m and has a Suzi DT90 on it. Is it a case of opening the cracks out to remove the stress points and refilling them?

I am lot happier if I can leave it till winter. It lives outside so I'll need to find it a waterproof home for winter now.


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Yes, it's the 5m and has a Suzi DT90 on it. Is it a case of opening the cracks out to remove the stress points and refilling them?

I am lot happier if I can leave it till winter. It lives outside so I'll need to find it a waterproof home for winter now.


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Theres some top fellas on here with better advice on the finery of repairs, all I know is, Ive had plenty RIBS with worse cracks, that have come to nothing. As a rule though, its a wood base construction, so keeping water out of the internal structure is important, as it makes the wood expand, which wont do anything any good, that was why I suggested letting it dry over winter before repairing , with a re-coat for example.

You wont change any stress points by a repair superficially, ultimately the same will happen again, IMHO.
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Ok, cheers. Sounds like good advice so I'll take it and dry it out over winter.


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