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Old 04-28-2008, 10:08 AM
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I have a friend who has a 1980 DLX that has about a +12" crack running from port to starboard right below the water line on hull (bow). He hasn't had any other problems and the boats 6 to 7 years old. He said he hasn't hit anything and I believe him. Noticed water coming out under the boat while putting it on the trailer Sat. Anyone else seen anything like this?

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Old 04-28-2008, 10:46 AM
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Its hard to tell without seeing. Pictures would be helpfull.
Old 04-28-2008, 12:05 PM
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If water is coming out of a crack running across the boat, its probably very bad. In fact, if water is coming out of a crack anywhere its bad. It should be looked at by a professional asap.

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Old 04-28-2008, 12:22 PM
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YES... I have a 19' that cracked along the waterline in the bow as well. I just figured it came from when I let it off the trailer. Sounds like it may be a problem with many boats, not just mine. It was a PAIN to fix. First off, I have the DLX. It has the step bow and such. The crack occurred beneath the step bow. I tried fixing it once by just pulling down the section and filling it with coloidal silica mixed with resin. Then I put two layers of glass on it. (I had prepped everything properly and sanded down and let it dry out for 2 weeks) After taking it out in 2-3 ft chop on the sound, this patch even broke. So here goes what is (hopefully) the final repair that has held ever since:

I cut out the floor directly above the exterior crack. I removed all the wet foam, and noticed that 3 stringers had cracked inside. Well, I began by laying about 2 layers of glass to the inside bottom. I then replaced the stringers with new ones I fabbed myself. Next, I used great stuff foam, set the old section of floor back in place and glassed it in. I had to go outside and lay two layers of glass just to be safe. I think I might have used a bit of silica additive here and there when I fixed it too. I don't have any pictures but if you get some PM me and I'll take a look at them. I wasn't too concerned with how "pretty" everything turned out because I use this rig for duck hunting and such. However, my repair is not bad looking either.
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Default Re: Carolina Skiff hull problems?

A couple years ago we fixed several for a company in Deleware. They have some issues.
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YES... I have a 19' that cracked along the waterline in the bow as well. I just figured it came from when I let it off the trailer. Sounds like it may be a problem with many boats, not just mine. It was a PAIN to fix. First off, I have the DLX. It has the step bow and such. The crack occurred beneath the step bow. I tried fixing it once by just pulling down the section and filling it with coloidal silica mixed with resin. Then I put two layers of glass on it. (I had prepped everything properly and sanded down and let it dry out for 2 weeks) After taking it out in 2-3 ft chop on the sound, this patch even broke. So here goes what is (hopefully) the final repair that has held ever since:

I cut out the floor directly above the exterior crack. I removed all the wet foam, and noticed that 3 stringers had cracked inside. Well, I began by laying about 2 layers of glass to the inside bottom. I then replaced the stringers with new ones I fabbed myself. Next, I used great stuff foam, set the old section of floor back in place and glassed it in. I had to go outside and lay two layers of glass just to be safe. I think I might have used a bit of silica additive here and there when I fixed it too. I don't have any pictures but if you get some PM me and I'll take a look at them. I wasn't too concerned with how "pretty" everything turned out because I use this rig for duck hunting and such. However, my repair is not bad looking either.
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This sounds like the same problem. He's takeing to a dealer this weekend, I'll update when I know more.
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Theres plenty on the water with zero issues, BUT, just about everyone knows of someone that has had the hull split in the same place. Sounds like the same stringer weakness and from what I've heard, its mainly on the 198 and larger. I do know of a couple that have been "fixed" but its not pretty.
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Yep. seen it lots, even boats less than 1 year old. Had a client with 15'er it split in 6 months, The company gave him a new hull and it split in 3 months. They then denied anything wrong and stopped returning his calls.


Inspection showed a "never-bond" between layers of structural laminate on both boats. coupled with inadequate transverse stiffening. Meaning that the layers of cloth were never completely bonded and panel flexing caused the failures.

You must fix it or throw it away. The bottom will peel off at speed causing rapid deceleration and likely injury.
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Libra they don't have stringers in them. They have Floatation Logs that run side to side. That's why alot of the bigger skiffs have hull issues. If they had stringers they would be rigid and hold up better.
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Thanks thomas. my bad. issue still the same tho. Must not be just the bigger ones as the post above yours references a 15'.
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Unhappy carolina skiff problems

My family has a 25 DLV, it has had problems with cracks, leaks and foam absorbing water. We were dealing with the warranty repair at carolina skiff. We have spoken to the factory and took their advice and tried some of their suggestions that were unsuccessful to fix the problems. Does anybody know the best way to try to resolve this on going problem? I see by reading through out the internet others have gone through exactly what i am dealing with. some have had very successful resolutions with new boats being given and others have not been so fortunate.

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I've been dealing with Carolina Skiff for almost a year. My 238 DLV was there because of spider cracking in the hull, the ripped the floor out to repair the problem. They did all the de rigging and rerigging in house. When my skiff was returned to the dealer it looked like sh*t the dealer spent hours fixing there screw ups. Well they put gouges in my T top so bad the T top manafaturer said it needs to be replaced at a cost of $3,500.00. Email after email to CS and all I get is lip service. There custermer service SUCKS there warrenty department SUCKS. They only way I would ever get over this Carolina BS is if they gave me a new hull. Oh they deck they replaced feels like a roller coaster when you walk on it bare foot.

This is on a 238 DLV 2013 with less than 20 hrs on the motor.
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Wow....here I thought that CS was a good, no nonsense, no BS value boat. Surprised to hear this. Was thinking perhaps about getting one in a year or two. Now....maybe not so much.
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Different issue entirely and not to pile on, but do a google on carolina skiff capsize wind see what you get. This is the reason I didn't look at one, didn't even know about this issue.
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I'm not sure who runs Carolina Skiff. I've called and asked to speak to Robert Sass VP of sales never there, I ask to speak to Joe Kirkland president of Carolina Skiff not in. I'm so over there BS.
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Common problem
MY 2009 218 DLV, 115 SUZUKI 4 STROKE, T-TOP WITH EVERY ACCESSORY
STARTING NOTICING WATER DRIPPING FROM BOTTOM OF HULL, UPON EXAMINATION NOTICED CRACKS AND SIGNS OF SERIOUS DELAMINATION FROM POOR ORIGINAL LAY UP. CROSSED CHESAPEAKE ON SUNDAY AND ON RETURN HEARD A CRASH LIKE I HAD STRUCK A SUBMERGED OBJECT. ( LITERALLY MIDDLE OF BAY BETWEEN CAPE CHARLES AND GWYNNS ISLAND) NOTICED SMALL PIECES OF FLOATATION POPPING UP AROUND BOAT. IDELED BOAT THE REMAINING 10+ MILES, ONCE BOAT WAS ON TRAILER AT MIDNIGHT NOTICED LARGE 4' X 6 FT PIECE OF FIBERGLASS BOTTOM FOLDED BACK UNDER BOAT. ALL GLASS MATTING WAS SEPARATED AND THE CRASH WAS THE HULL PIECES HITTING OUTBOARD AS IT FOLDED BACK AND DISINTEGRATED . ALMOST ENTIRE BOTTOM WAS GONE EXPOSING FOAM AND CROSS SECTIONS OF GLASS THAT SEPARATE SECTIONS, WHAT A MESS. TOTAL LOSS OF BOAT BECAUSE REPAIRS WOULD EXCEEDED 11K FROM A REPUTABLE BOAT YARD.
I'M WITH OTHERS AND WISH CAROLINA SKIFF WOULD BE MORE HELPFUL. CALLED AND TALKED WITH FACTORY PEOPLE BUT THEY WOULDN'T OR COULDN'T RECOMMEND ANYONE TO REPAIR, COULDN'T OFFER TO SELL ME A REPLACEMENT HULL SO I COULD REUSE ALL MY ACCESSORIES AND TRANSFER OVER FROM ONE TO ANOTHER HULL. YEAR MODEL ISSUE I GUESS. NOW I HAVE A BOAT THAT LOOKS GREAT UNTIL YOU LOOK UNDER IT.

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Carolina Skiffs are POS boats and should be avoided at all costs.
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Class action suit might get their attention.
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Well as others have said there are a lot of them out there used by waterman that the hulls a saturated and they look terrible but they still float when completely flooded.
Mine continued to carry us home.
I bought a 2020 DLX 24 and transferred center console, T-Top, Motor, Leaning post, fuel tank, batteries etc.
maybe it'll last 10 years.
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There is still many skiffs in our area used by crabbers and shrimpers. The boats are beat to hell. I know of similar problems going back several years.Years ago the company would stand behind their boats.Not so much now.,Now its buyer beware. It puzzles me why they keep producing boats with the same problems and expect different results?
I've had 2 cs16s for work boats.They have held up ok but I would not buy another.
And yes, I know this is an old thread.
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