Originally Posted by David_Old_Jersey
Given the boat's history
that would be a red flag to me - not an automatic deal breaker, but a heavy caution. The good news is that at least you know this was a Katrina boat, I am sure plenty around with no idea of there boats past. . . .
The keyword here is "red flag" when it comes to possible collision
damage during a storm. Collision
being with other boats and/or pilings, seawalls, etc. - anything hard and non-moving.
- - So the "extra" needed is to look behind the interior
furnishings and inside any compartments that have access to the inside of the hull
. Look for cracked (usually color changes from orange-brown to white) tabbing, bulkhead joints, floor joints, and interior
surfaces of the outer hull
- - Since FRG boats are made from fiberglass
, they are flexible and the hull will flex or oil
can when a collision happens. Cracking or separation of internal parts
of the boat can frequently happen. So it is wise to spend some time looking "behind" and "inside" things to see if there is any evidence of collision damage.
- - Also stand back outside and look down the surface of the hull just a few degrees off parallel and see if there are any dents or irregularities and the curved shape of the hull. Most collision damage repairs
are not "perfect" and will show up when looking longwise down the hull surface.
- - Same thing on deck
, look at the toe rail area and see if there are any obvious patching and repairs
along with excessive "spider cracking" in the gelcoat
. If the deck
of such a new boat is painted rather than plain gelcoated, that is a good indication of significant hull collision damage.
- - So as others have said, you can find some really good buys/opportunities in storm damage areas as a surviving boat carries a "stigma" of being in the storm but, in fact, it survived will little or no damage. On the other hand, you cannot alone trust that so you should do an extra careful examination/survey to be sure.