Crack in hull around center board

Discussion in 'Laser Talk' started by Dave Hawkes, May 16, 2017.

  1. Dave Hawkes

    Dave Hawkes New Member

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    hi, I have a "new" 30 yr old laser. Last in the water in 1989. Seems to be in good shape overall to my inexperienced eye. Has 1 1/2 in crack in hull near front of center board. Shows signs of small amount of fiber glass work done. My theory is that torque from the center board caused the issue. I was planning to stiffen around the interior of the center board sleeve to the hull with fiberglass. After that I would also do a little repair work around the crack on the exterior of the hull. Please feel free to offer suggestions, warnings, and sympathy. Thanks, Dave
     
  2. Dave Hawkes

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    Just added a photo from inside the laser on the port side looking at the centerboard trunk front. I cut about 2" of the stringer. I'm going to put down glass mat on the bottom and glass the sides of the trunk for support.
     

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  3. Dave Hawkes

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    Is my thread visible to others, or did I just pick a boring topic?
     
  4. Emilio Castelli

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    Thread is visible, crack is not (from the picture).
    Yes, boring topic.
    Is it leaking?
    89s are fast boats...
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  5. Rob B

    Rob B Active Member

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    You may be over reacting to a slight stress crack in the exterior gelcoat. They can happen pretty frequently. Typically they are just left alone as there's no water intrusion.
     
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  6. Dave Hawkes

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    She does leak. I'm fairly certain it was from years of standing on the CB to right the boat. I ended up Reinforcing inside and out around the trunk. Next I need to paint the hull. Any suggestions on the best paint to use?
     
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    Good reminder to allow it to take enough time to right the boat if it's not in the race of a lifetime or you are about to crash into something. So little force is needed if water is not "lifted"with the sail.
     
  8. Dave Hawkes

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    Thanks, I will remind the kids as they will be sailing her the most
     

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