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Old 12-18-2018, 12:28 PM
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Default 2017 shearwater hulls cracking/fracturing issues?

I have read about some of the older shearwater hulls having issues with cracking/fracturing however i am considering a used 2017 shearwater 27 and wanted to know if anyone is still having problems with newer shearwater hulls? Have the manufacturers fixed this issue or is it just too soon to see if the newer models will continue to show the same defect. Any input would be greatly appreciated!!!!!

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Old 12-18-2018, 12:31 PM
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If you are in doubt I would hire a surveyor for sure.

Rather than take anonymous third party he said she said
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Not to sound ignorant here but how would i go about doing that? Call a repair shop....etc?
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Tell the folks here where you live and ask for some recommendations for reputable surveyors. You should get a few names to call.
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also go look at every shearwater boat you can find in your area and eye ball it for cracks.
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I live in the Tampa Bay area. Thanks for all the input thus far everyone......i have read several positive reviews on shearwater boats and until further research on THT have i found the hull cracking issues and wiring problems known to occur. As recommend i will eyeball and take a close look at other used vessels in my area for these issues yet do any current 2015 and newer shearwater vessel owners have any issues with the hull or wiring setup? Anyone know if the manufacturer made any changes to prevent these problems with the newer production models?
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I just did a search on this forum for Tampa Bay surveyors. Do the same and you will come up with plenty of names.
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I have not heard of any hull issues with Shearwater other than back in 2003/4 were they did have a couple hulls crack. The wiring improved drastically around 2010 or so. A 2017 27 SW is a newer model and they fixed most of the QC issues way before they brought this model to market. (wiring, livewells dropping etc)
Mine was a 2008 22 and the hull was great but I had to do quite a bit of wiring work to get it cleaned up.
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It was on the earlier models as mentioned. This was mostly due to a bad batch of gelcoat that created the cracks.
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I have not heard of any hull issues with Shearwater other than back in 2003/4 were they did have a couple hulls crack. The wiring improved drastically around 2010 or so. A 2017 27 SW is a newer model and they fixed most of the QC issues way before they brought this model to market. (wiring, livewells dropping etc)
Mine was a 2008 22 and the hull was great but I had to do quite a bit of wiring work to get it cleaned up.
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Not quite sure what this is suppose to mean ?
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i have a 2008 Shearwater 22 with about 1500 hrs there is not a single crack hairline or other wise, i think there are a handfull of boats in the late 2000's but ive never heard of any issues with the newer ones. now the wiring in the pre 2010 models sucked.....mine was a rats nest but its fixed and i may repower this boat rather than waste money on a new one. mine is still worth what i paid for it new in 2008 so it will be around for a while
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I have a ‘12 Blackwood, been caught in a bunch of rough stuff, 600hrs and no cracks visible.
Yes, my wiring leaves a bit to be desired but I understand that has improved significantly over last few years
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So where are the cracks ? what shape are the cracks ??same both sides ??
Cracks are a sign of movement !! could be structural problem if the place is moving !
Structural as in the glass layup of the hull !! or the internal framing and bending at that place if the same each side !! , ALSO the gel coat !! type !! thickness !! and the catalyst ratio when sprayed
GO a little further what conditions do you boat in and what speeds do you travel at mostly ?? is the boat on a trailer most of the time ? if so what kind of roads do you use !
Poorly loaded boats on poorly supported trailers with bad pressure points !
And so on and so on ! Get the picture !!
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Buy a Scout instead.
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I have a 2016 27 Shearwater with 550 hours on it. I have no cracks in my hull. No gel coat voids, nothing. I have been extremely happy with the boat. No wiring issues either.
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Thanks for the input Corbin_k. Do you use your vessel offshore? If so how often and avg range? I know to pick the good days with bay boats but what kinda nastiness have you pushed through offshore and how'd she do?
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