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Old 01-09-2012, 09:16   #1
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CAL 39 Cracks

After years with a wonderful CAL 25 I am looking at buying a CAL 39. There is crack in the gel coat in the transom below the aft stay chainplate, 9 inches long above the water line. There had been a crack on top of the transom, maybe half the length, that had been ground out and filled with what looks like caulk. Has anyone seen this before? Is it just inevitable gel coat stress cracks (as the broker claims) or an indication of something serious? Obviously I am going to have it surveyed if we proceed, I just wanted to see if anyone had any thoughts.Thanks.
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Old 01-09-2012, 09:42   #2
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, Papakina.
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Re: CAL 39 Cracks

It should be checked out by a surveyor. Likely It will want to be beefed up, which means repainting the transom also.
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Re: CAL 39 Cracks

Not enough information to make a diagnosis. The cracks do seem suspect. Usual gel coat cracks are caused by too thick gel coat usually on the low spot of the mold. The deck crack could fit that scenario, the crack on the transom wouldn't. Definitely something that a surveyor would need to look at closely. If it is caused by flexing of the transom, it could probably be reinforced from the interior of the lazaretto which would eliminate any cosmetic problems on the outside. Not fun to glass in a lazaretto, btdt.
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Re: CAL 39 Cracks

Thanks for your thoughts. We'll see what the surveyor says.
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