I would really appreciate it if someone here with some experience could take a look at this and make a comment...
I just bought a used RibCraft.
I did not have the opportunity to go and look at it in person, but had several people check it out/try it before I bought it. After having it transported to where I live, I did a quick scan of the boat. Everything seems to be in tip-top shape, except one thing! There is a small crack at the top of the transom
How my friends managed to miss it is a mystery, but it's my fault for not taking the time to go and look at it myself. In my defense, the seller reported nothing wrong with the boat. If this is something major, we have laws which protects the buyer if there is details which should be known by the seller, but it is not reported to the buyer.
After reading some threads in rib.net about cracks in the transom, I'm more or less petrified right now. Some of the solutions seems quite expensive.
Looking at the last image, you can see that there is a small spacing between was seems to be some kind of "top layer" with "paint" (is this what you call gel coat?) around. It looks like it might be only the "top layer" of the transom which has kind of separated a little from the "main" transom. If that is the case, could I get away with just adding some gel coat/paint?
Another thing. If I take hold of the engine shaft and jerk it up/down, there is absolutely no movement in the transom/crack - instead the whole boat "jiggles". So there does not seem to be any weakness in the transom. The transom is quite massive, with 3 supporting "beams" going out from it at the center (2 of these can be seen left side of the "birds view" image).
At last, the hull seems to be in perfect condition except for the small crack.
I would really appreciate if someone could tell me if this could be serious or not?
RibCraft 6,5 meter - 2005 mod
Engine : 150HP Honda - 2005 mod
Boat + engine was fitted at producer in UK.
From Norway and English is not my main language, so please excuse any spelling and/or grammatical errors