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Old 26 May 2005, 08:55   #1
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Searider - cracked hull

I am after some advice from various people.

I bought a second hand Searider 6 months or so back, my first rib, so have just enjoyed learning how to launch and recover from slipways etc, and getting to grips with charts, gps's etc.

I have been out in her lots of times, and wondered why it held back a little when we were trying to get on the plane, and why we were only doing 27 knots flat out with a 50hp Honda 4 stroke engine, when really with an engine like that we should be going quicker.

Anyway I took the boat into BHG who inspected it and said that we got a cracked hull, which is letting in water. BHG said that they couldn't mend the crack, and we would have to take it to a boatbuilders to mend.

So my question is does anyone know of a reputable boatbuilder around the Southampton area who could mend the crack?

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Old 26 May 2005, 09:12   #2
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Dave,

Ocean Ribs in Portchester in addition to making there own ribs carryout a lot of modifications like changing consoles and layouts etc. Would be worth having a chat to Malcolm about it. How bad is the crack ?

"Units 13/14 Wicormarine, Cranleigh Rd.

Just past Porchester take a left at the Seagull PH, 200 meters later where the Rd bears left, turn right into Cranleigh and boat yard is on the left side.

Tel: 01329 829100 ask for Malcolm Winsor"
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Old 26 May 2005, 09:27   #3
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On this searider do you have the flooding hull blocked up ?
I asume you do as otherwise you would have no where for the water to leak in to.
Repairing a cracked hull can be qute a bit of work and I don't have knowledge to tell you how to do it.
But seariders wer designed to have a flooding hull at rest and empty when getting under way. S
o if you were happy to let the bit of water seep through the crack and convert back to flooding hull I dought you would notice.
Only down side is that over time water would wick up via the crack and might effect the structure of the boat. But I have known seariders effected in this way go on for years.
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Thanks for the info, and especially the phone no.

I don't know at the moment what or where the crack is on the hull, I will have to wait and find out.

I don't have the holes at the front bunged up, so perhaps I am thinking there is a bigger problem than what there really is. I see there is another thread on how the hull fills up with water and out again when on the plane, so I think I will have to do a bit of reading up.

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Old 26 May 2005, 14:40   #5
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I don't have the holes at the front bunged up
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There should be a big old 'ole in the lower transom too. If this is blocked up and the bow holes aren't...oh dear
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I have a big crack in the hull of the Searider, where you can actually get three fingers into. Someone in the past has obviously beached it really hard, and as its far underneath the boat I didn't notice it when it was bought. Oh well another lesson learnt, its well worth looking round a boat in depth, and not just taking the sellers word for it.

What happens is when the boat is on the plane, water still comes into the hull.

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I'm sorry to say that this sounds like it might be a bit much for a first time project as you will have to cut back quite a bit and completly rebuild it.
If you are good with GRP give it a go, there has been threads on here before on how to do GRP repairs, but I'm no expert and others on here are.
Good luck
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I have a big crack in the hull of the Searider, where you can actually get three fingers into. Dave
Ooh er thats a bit serious, but Tim did a big repair recently by cutting a large hole inthe deck to gain access to the inside. Are you planning to do this yourself or have a yard do it ?

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I dont have the knowledge to give it a go, wish I had. I have now put it into a boat yard to get it fixed, so it will be out of action for 3/4 weeks.
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I'm back in Southampton for a few days, if you want I can come and have a look and tell you how bad it is and what to do.
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