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Old 03-27-2016, 03:54 PM
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I have a 2002 Bombardier 230WA. This boat is made from the same mold as the Hydrasports 230WA FYI. I'm hoping someone with more knowledge about how boats are assembled can comment on this. I bought the boat new and have had zero issues with it until now. This past season, the boat started making a intermittent crunching sound on impact with chop at speed. It sounded like it was coming from under the helm.

I finally started poking around and think I found the source of the noise. I'm going to try and describe this as best I can, please bear with me.

I would guess when these boats were built, they start with an empty hull. At some point they drop the 1 piece cabin floors/walls into the front of hull and imbed parts of the floor in foam. On my boat there only appears to be 2 other spots that attach the cabin to the hull. These location are port and starboard and tie the rear of the cabin walls to the inside of the hull walls. Directly beneath the helm the connection has failed and when I move it with force I get a creaking sound.

What struck me odd, it seems the cabin should have been secured better to the hull. If I look up the inside of the cabin wall, to where it meets the hull, I can see the length of the cabin wall is predrilled but there are no screws installed. If I reach my fingers over the top of cabin wall there is a gap that ranges from 0"-1". There are screws protruding into the hull that I presume hold the rub rail on. In some locations the end of the screws are actually holding the cabin wall away from the hull. I'm wondering if maybe these screws that attach the rub rail to boat were supposed to also tie the cabin walls to the hull? If you can make sense of that......


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Old 03-27-2016, 07:04 PM
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I had a 2002 212 hydra sports lightning. It was built the same way when it comes to what you're talking about. The floor and side walls of the cuddy were one piece that was dropped into the hull before the top piece (of the two piece construction) was installed. I understand exactly what it is you're talking about. My boat had that same gap and even the same holes (with no screws going through them) that you described. I'm pretty sure the holes with no screws going through them are a result of when they drilled the holes at the factory to screw the top piece to the hull and / or attach the rub rail.

All I can think of is that they bonded the cuddy "basin" (or what ever that piece is called) to the stringer grid using the same pink adhesive they used to bond the deck to the stringers. My guess is that the adhesive broke it's bond on your boat.

Is there a pie plate access on the floor of the cuddy that you can remove?
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Old 03-28-2016, 08:21 AM
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Thanks for the response. Good to know it wasn't intended to be screwed in at the top. I'm fairly certain pic 1 shows the issue. It may be hard to see, but there is actually a small gap at the bottom where the hull/cabin connection has failed. So it's moving up and down creating the noise. (I hope).

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I had a 2002 212 hydra sports lightning. It was built the same way when it comes to what you're talking about. The floor and side walls of the cuddy were one piece that was dropped into the hull before the top piece (of the two piece construction) was installed. I understand exactly what it is you're talking about. My boat had that same gap and even the same holes (with no screws going through them) that you described. I'm pretty sure the holes with no screws going through them are a result of when they drilled the holes at the factory to screw the top piece to the hull and / or attach the rub rail.

All I can think of is that they bonded the cuddy "basin" (or what ever that piece is called) to the stringer grid using the same pink adhesive they used to bond the deck to the stringers. My guess is that the adhesive broke it's bond on your boat.

Is there a pie plate access on the floor of the cuddy that you can remove?
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