YT Hull Design

Hello,
I have a 86' V-King YT with a 3/16" hook in the last 15" of the center pad.  Is this normal for this hull?  To fix it should I fill it in or cut it out? Should the back of the pad be flat (width wise)?  Mine has two small arches like a McDonalds sign.

Any info would be great.
Thanks,
Mac

 

Mac, 

    The '86 boats if built too fast would hook during the curing processes. Some boats (a lot of them) had air voids in the balsa core. Check the pad by rapping on it with a screwdriver handle. A hollow sound indicates a delamination and soft spot. Filling and sanding the hook would be a huge improvement. We once tried to flatten the pad and get rid of the gullwing. It worked and the boat was a big improvement, but the work involved is way more than it is worth. Just make the pad flat - front to back and it will rock. 

Randy

 

 

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Thanks,
Mark C.

 

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