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Old 02-24-2010, 05:39 AM
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Does anyone know the model years that viking had issues with gelcoat? I've been told late 90's into 2001 and also mid 90's just hoping someone has more definite answer. Also is it true that simply painting would not correct the issue which is the actual gelcoat itself? Any help appreciated.
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gotta love google. Got the court records that show 1997-2002/3 for viking and cook composites gelcoat.
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A neighbor now supplies Viking with their gelcoat just because of the Cook issues!
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Does anyone know the model years that viking had issues with gelcoat? I've been told late 90's into 2001 and also mid 90's just hoping someone has more definite answer. Also is it true that simply painting would not correct the issue which is the actual gelcoat itself? Any help appreciated.
The original fix was removing the old gelcoat? then I think they were grinding out the spider cracks? filling with epoxy and awlgrip primer and paint. Since they lost the law suit with cook I dont know what the fix is now but it is worse then just discoloring gel coat. I have heard over 200 boats were built with the bad gel coat? I also heard numbers of $250,000.00 per boat to repair depending on boat size.
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So Cook Composites won and no other significant builders had this problem. What was Viking doing wrong?
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Petrafied you may be on to something!!!
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Is cook composites gelcoat what they use on contenders now. Sorry I just could not stop my fingers from typing that.
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i believe post was in on the lawsuit as well
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google it and you find it was Post and Viking. Don't know who else used the particular gelcoat by cook. Note that a different cook gelcoat w/different # was used prior with no problems per documents. Would be interesting to know who else used that particular gel. Also mention is made of most problems w/boats stored in cold climates?? Interesting.
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the time period in question is also when the epa was mandating low emission (reduction of styrene) gel coats and resins. when the styrene was removed/lowered i know that caused a lot of "re-engineering" of the lamination process (catalyzation amount, gel times, etc.)

i remember during this time there were boston whalers that after time in the uv ended up with a very slight purple tint to the white gel. someone told me this was due to the low emission gels. not sure if that is true or not, and not trying to open another can of worms.
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