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Old 05-02-2017, 12:15 PM
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Default Stress Cracks above the Rub Rail

How concerning are stress cracks above the rub rail, assuming there are little to none below on the hull? Is this more likely an eye sore that can be repaired? Or concerning from an integrity standpoint?


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I have those like that on a rear corner of my boat. I assumed the previous owner hit a dock piling too hard and cracked the gelcoat. They've never gotten any bigger since I've owned the boat (7 years).
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Looks cosmetic, but that must have been a pretty good whack...
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yea thats cosmetic, either from hitting a piling or from fat girls sitting on it at the sandbar
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I've got the same thing on mine in the same place. I'm also blaming it on the previous owner but they don't seem to get any worse.
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I have similar on my KenCraft and assume the previous owner argued with a dock piling and lost. Mine have not progressed and I barely notice them now.
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I have some, not as bad though, above the rub rail caused by a lift with straps that were a tad bit too narrow. Cosmetic issue only.
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Originally Posted by bonestockgoose View Post
yea thats cosmetic, either from hitting a piling or from fat girls sitting on it at the sandbar
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Piling rash..
Old 05-02-2017, 04:47 PM
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Where should I have them sit then while at the sandbar??
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That's a Hard hit !!!! Looking at the side of the Boat,It doesn't look like it's been taken care of at all...What does that say about the rest of it?
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Originally Posted by whitey436 View Post
Where should I have them sit then while at the sandbar??
On your buddy's boat
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Originally Posted by Lone Ranger View Post
That's a Hard hit !!!! Looking at the side of the Boat,It doesn't look like it's been taken care of at all...What does that say about the rest of it?
It does look like the boat is in overall rough condition.

It also looks like the previous owner had a habit of hitting the dock on a regular basis. Is it soft or flex in that area? That looks almost like it's crushed.
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1-2 ft seas ok with 2 on one side, light on tabs, 2-4ft seas one on each side trim down , tweak tabs, 4-6 ft seas both on beanbags, trim heavy down, tabs down , don't look at gph just get home.
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Originally Posted by IRock View Post
It does look like the boat is in overall rough condition.

It also looks like the previous owner had a habit of hitting the dock on a regular basis. Is it soft or flex in that area? That looks almost like it's crushed.
I dunno, I've seen this on a several boats. Rarely, the hull/cap will be separated underneath that section. But it's almost always just been cosmetic and it's from docking (poorly)

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