Vector Bottom Coming Apart
randy, while out playin I noticed my vector had a lean to it, then I
noticed it was taking on water, upon my surprise, I looked at the
underside and found a sheet of glass missing and one of the chimes or
strakes, not sure what ya call em, this boat has always been garage kept,
and is solid as a rock, what do I do now, can this be repaired with
success, I am enclosing 3 pics of the bottom, this really sucks, is this a
hydrostream issue, I have been boating for many years and havenít seen
this before, the floor is rock solid, the foam strake or chime is dry so I
donít believe its a water logged concern, did hydrostream build some bad
hulls? If this is a hydrostream concern, are they doing anything to help
out the boat owner?
to see your boat delaminating. We have had a few boats do this
ourselves. It is sometimes caused by the boat flexing in this area.
Before repairing this, you need to make sure that the hull is structurally
sound. Hydrostreams are made with a balsa core and it is prone to
absorbing water and rotting from the inside out. Based on your
pictures, this boat can be repaired, but be prepared as the job is going
to be huge. If the core is rotten, huge is not a big enough word,
but the boat could still be repaired. You would just need to repair
the core first before doing the outside laminate. Depending on your
expertise with fiberglass, you might want to check with some local repair
shops. Get some quotes and decide if you want to tackle it
yourself. I would think your estimates would be up to $2,000 or so
if the core material was "ok". If the core is rotten or
soft, be prepared for the worst. Not to depress you with costs, just
remember that most shops charge $60+/hour. Fiberglass work is not
all that complicated, just extremely time consuming. I always tell
guys that ask me about fiberglassing, the nice thing about working with
fiberglass is whatever you mess up, you can fix with more fiberglass.
So donít be discouraged about doing it yourself, just have patience.
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