Wednesday, July 12, 2006


Shown below are the fine cracks in the interior starboard near-waterline area where there's a minor partial bulkhead (not the tank bulkhead) on USA 125, Black Magic.

The crack may have resulted from an old patch that may have been disturbed and might be a layer that's flaked off from other layers of fiberglass. CA says it's weeping slightly. It may be possible to re-balance the boat to move the crack above waterline to work on it; otherwise we'd have to haul USA 125 onto her trailer to do the work. The exterior hasn't yet been surveyed to see if any damage is evident from outside. A big question is whether re-patching on the inside would do for now, or whether we need to do a complete re-patch now.

Above, crack viewed from forward.


At 2:39 PM, July 12, 2006, Anonymous Adrift At Sea said...

The bad news is that with cracks like that in fiberglass laminate, you generally have to cut the damage out to do a proper repair. This probably means that you will have to haul the boat out to fix it properly.


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