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Old 01-09-2010, 04:55   #1
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Gelcoat Damage from Flogging Sheets ?

I chartered a 2010 Jeanneau 50DS this weekend and had a great time on San Francisco Bay. When I returned to the dock I found a chip in the gel coat above the main salon window. The chip is about the size of a fingernail and goes down to the glass mat.

There is evidence of the jib sheet flogging as there's some scuffing in the area of the deck and window glass. The chip is on an edge, just above the window.

Here's my question: Is it common to suffer gel coat chips from a flogging line? I don't have a lot of experience with fiberglass, but I was thinking there might have been a flaw in the glass. Maybe a bubble in the resin that "popped" when the line hit it.


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Old 05-09-2010, 01:38   #2
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Hey Pat.
It could have been a bubble in the gellcoat as you said.
The type of corner you described is a common place to get bubbles.
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