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Old 22 April 2012, 14:19   #1
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Osprey Vipermax Hull

We got a couple of problems with or lovely Osprey Vipermax. Its and old BMC project for a blind man, and we are the third owner. The one before us did push the boat quite hard so we have the mission on turning it to what it once was. Tubes are now grey and black.

Does anyone recognize this boat or have any history on it? We are eager to learn the history of this boat.

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1. We have a crack in one of the "steps" on the hull (bought it like that ). The one furthers down on the left side 30 cm from the transom.

We opened up the "step" like an upside down V to let it dry and found out that the wood in the "step" is quite damp. Is the wood in the "step" connected to the hull, or it wood inte the "step" only?

Whats the smartest way to repair it? Our idea is fiberglass and then gelcoatfiller.

2. Does anyone have any pictures of the hull being made?

3. Also, we have small cracks in the edge of the transom in the gelcoat next to the floor. is this something to be worried about? Its an Yamaha HPDI vmax 150 Hp on the back, so its not to heavy I guess?

4. We are having some problems with the oil injection from the big tank to the small reservoir in the engine. It warns when it is out of oil, but it doesn't fill up. We have to do this with lever on the reservoir. Do we have to reset the engine or something? We have checked all the connections.

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Old 22 April 2012, 14:59   #2
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Pictures not working sir

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Old 22 April 2012, 16:20   #3
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Seems to be a poblem with my computer... pics will come
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Old 22 April 2012, 16:20   #4
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some slight cracks in the gelcoat around the transom boxes is not unusual. Osprey did not use flexible additives in their gelcoat around that area and due to the various stresses its not uncommon to see small hairline cracks along the joins.
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Old 22 April 2012, 17:05   #5
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A bit like this you mean?
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Old 22 April 2012, 17:08   #6
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Yepp, but bigger.

Thats not a big concern though, just something Dahl ribs pointed out when they did some work on it and I thought could be asked here for others experiences. Our big problem is the hull and that crack in the "step"
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Old 23 April 2012, 07:22   #7
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Be Interesting to see some pics of the hull crack. Hopefully it's not too bad. Ospreys seem to be built pretty solid so fingers crossed for you!
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I'll try to take a pic tonight.
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We also drilled a hole in the transom through the "step" to let it dry more and to see if it was filled with water. Its more than quite damp.

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Looks like it's suffered a trailer 'incident'
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