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Old 10-07-2020, 03:28 PM
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I was inspecting a prokat and I noticed that the front edge of the boat had a slight dent in it compared to the other side. It definitely ran into something at some point. Is this something I should be concerned about if there are no soft spots around it?


Old 10-07-2020, 03:52 PM
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Boat was most likely hitting the trailer when loading. My Mako had a similar issue that I repaired when removing bottom paint, previous owner just painted over the damage...
Old 10-07-2020, 04:21 PM
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Thanks for the info, did it end up costing you a lot to repair?
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I did the repair myself. It was not hard but I had to grind out the damaged fiberglass. Hardest part was getting the shape of the hull since I was too anal about my repair...
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I think you should just pay for a real survey of this boat. You seem to be finding all kinds of things you’re not too sure about.
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I am planning to have a survey done of the boat, just trying use it as an opportunity to learn how to identify these issues.
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Personally, the word "dent" on a fiberglass boat just doesn't work. I would see what else is going on with that vessel
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The dent does not look all that "slight" to me.
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Yeah there is some fiberglass that was worn away or gouged out from a single impact, just painting over the defect was a really bad idea.
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hard to tell from a blurry pic but could just be bottom paint chipped away?
Old 10-07-2020, 11:19 PM
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Originally Posted by mystery View Post
hard to tell from a blurry pic but could just be bottom paint chipped away?
This is what I was thinking it looked like also. Some bottom paint chipped away and was just painted over. This is not
uncommon on boats with several layers of bottom paint. The thicker it gets the easier it chips.
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I dinged mine up on a low tide on a new ramp to me. No impact on boat after a pro fixed it. Stuff happens. If no soft spots I wouldn't let it stop me from buying; regardless, a [good] survey should show any water intrusion.

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Originally Posted by spearfish25 View Post
I think you should just pay for a real survey of this boat. You seem to be finding all kinds of things you’re not too sure about.

It makes sense to carry out as detailed a DIY inspection as you can and carry out your own research into any faults you find for two reasons:-

One. If you find a deal-breaker type of fault, there's no need to waste any money on a survey to tell you to walk when you already know it yourself

Two. You can draw the surveyor's attention to any faults that you find of real concern and ask him/her to look at those issues first and if they are major to halt the survey - if, for instance you find a major fault with the hull, there's no point in having a surveyor inspect the thru hulls, cabin fittings, canvas condition etc etc if you're going to walk on the basis of the hull fault.
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Originally Posted by ken62k View Post
This is what I was thinking it looked like also. Some bottom paint chipped away and was just painted over. This is not
uncommon on boats with several layers of bottom paint. The thicker it gets the easier it chips.
And if it is that thick, should soda blast and start from scratch.
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Survey may not tell you anything unless the owner will allow you to remove the paint.
Old 10-08-2020, 09:21 AM
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Originally Posted by jbdba01 View Post
I dinged mine up on a low tide on a new ramp to me. No impact on boat after a pro fixed it. Stuff happens. If no soft spots I wouldn't let it stop me from buying; regardless, a [good] survey should show any water intrusion.

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Thanks so much for this! Very helpful.

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