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Old 07-25-2020, 08:06 PM
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I bought a used 2011 Grady 275 this week. Not my first boat, but it is my biggest and it is my first Grady.

I launched it a couple days ago, for the first time, and pulled it today to adjust the trailer fitment. I thought that was going to be a temporary pull but upon doing so I saw some dime-sized impact marks along one of the strakes where the gelcoat had chipped away and left exposed resin.

The only thing I can think of that would have caused those impact marks is that a mild boat wake caused the boat to bounce on the trailer when we were launching it. I can't believe the gelcoat on this boat is fragile enough to chip off like this from a little bump on the trailer while launching.

Is fragile gelcoat symptomatic of something? I've never had a problem like this with another boat.

Can I leave the boat in the water for a week with exposed resin like the photos below or should it stay on the trailer until I can patch it with West System Six10?




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we refer to that as "Air" in the industry it's just a void under the gel coat
when they put on the first skin coat
of fiberglass on.
it is cosmetic but it should be covered under warranty
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we refer to that as "Air" in the industry it's just a void under the gel coat
when they put on the first skin coat
of fiberglass on.
it is cosmetic but it should be covered under warranty.
yes you can leave the boat in the water. You fix it with gelcoat putty.

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That is minor I've seen much worse. Like said above it is cosmetic and you can leave the boat in the water. I would definitely get your hands on some marine Tex and slap some on. Easy fix
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Thanks guys. I was worried and you're giving me some comfort.
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Put some marine rx from west marine. It at least won’t be exposed as I never want anything to absorb water
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Gel coat chips are whatever nbd. Stress cracks all over strakes I would investigate.
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Any previous repairs in that area?
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Originally Posted by 2310 Ranger View Post
Any previous repairs in that area?
Not as far as I know but I just bought the boat. It was previously stored at a dry stack for 9 years so who knows how careful the forklift drivers were.

Here's some close-ups of the impact marks:

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Those appear is forklift / handling dings and two of them show less than optimal bondo type repairs have already been attempted.
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Concur. Forklift damage.

I’d fix, even temporarily, before soaking.
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I'm going to fix them with Marine Tex today.

What are you all recommend I do with the one below? I can leave it, epoxy over the impacted gel coat, or remove the impacted gel coat and epoxy over the glass.


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Originally Posted by commuter boats View Post
Those appear is forklift / handling dings and two of them show less than optimal bondo type repairs have already been attempted.
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Looked to me like a previous repair was done....the forklift theory makes sense.

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Originally Posted by mr_mbuna View Post
I'm going to fix them with Marine Tex today.

What are you all recommend I do with the one below? I can leave it, epoxy over the impacted gel coat, or remove the impacted gel coat and epoxy over the glass.

Marine Tex or get on you tube for gel coat repair. West marine has a kit for small repairs like that.
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Originally Posted by tortugaboats View Post
we refer to that as "Air" in the industry it's just a void under the gel coat
when they put on the first skin coat
of fiberglass on.
it is cosmetic but it should be covered under warranty
9 years old warranty is doubtful.
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Marine Tex? How about Bondo or Plastic wood, if it's important hire a professional, if not get some white chewing gum and 5200 it in.

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