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2019 Sunfish Worlds boat mast step failure

Scottb

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I purchased a 2020 event boat, and had it shipped. Boat arrived in great shape except for a gauge in the bottom from the mast. I fixed this myself and went on. The boat arrived in the winter and was washed, waxed and put in storage. I pulled the boat out this week, and the deck around the mast step has started cracking. I noticed several small gel cracks and went ahead and sailed the boat. After one night of light air racing, 3 to 6 mph, the cracks have significantly grown. The shop I bought the boat from is closed until morning. Has anyone had warranty issues on an event boat? Are event boats covered under warranty, or am I screwed? This is something I can fix, yet I don't want a brand new boat, with an inspection port in the front deck and extra glass added. The Harken hoister straps, were no where near the failing area. Is the deck layup too thin, or gel coat too thin and becoming brittle as the boat cures.
 

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Cactus Cowboy

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Whoa, those are odd cracks for such a new boat... and I agree with ya, I don't think the straps are the issue, I'm thinking of several possible scenarios:

A) Underlying glass is too thin on that side of the step, hence the surface cracks.

B) Some clown slammed the mast down on the deck next to the step, initiating the cracks which then grew worse.

C) Same clown (who weighed a considerable amount) stood right on that area of the deck.

D) All of the above, LOL. :confused:

P.S. If the seller doesn't make things right, send the Italians over to his house... :eek:
 

Breeze Bender

Breeze Bender
Glad you’ve got good, clear pics of the packaging and initial damage, as well as your perfect storage method. It will be interesting to see how they respond and the wording of your warrantee will mean everything.
 

Scottb

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After my second sail, the boat now has gel coat cracks in the deck non-skid area. Racing tonight and the breeze is up, bringing a tow line.
 

Cactus Cowboy

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Maybe it's due to some factory defect, courtesy of the builder... glass too thin in that spot, or whatever. Sure seems odd for such a new boat. :confused:

Hey, ChernobylWorker, I like the moniker... and I'm guessing ya need no running lights at night (skipper glows in the dark, LOL). ;)
 

chernobylworker

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Maybe it's due to some factory defect, courtesy of the builder... glass too thin in that spot, or whatever. Sure seems odd for such a new boat. :confused:

Hey, ChernobylWorker, I like the moniker... and I'm guessing ya need no running lights at night (skipper glows in the dark, LOL). ;)
haha yeah
 

norcalsail

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Please keep us informed on the outcome. I would be very upset if my new boat came this way. I am hoping they send you a new, undamaged boat as that is the only reasonable solution!
 

Cactus Cowboy

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That boat has gone from England to Bonaire to some point in the US for distribution to ScottB. So maybe it was badly packed or damaged at some point in its travels.
Good point, the transportation industry isn't what it used to be... I noticed that decline over the years while trucking, picking up freight at port & rail yard warehouses. More damage, workers not caring, freight skewered by forks, even faulty securement at sea. Ever see that photo of the container ship with a bunch of containers MIA? They went over the side... might have floated for a little while, depending upon the freight, but I reckon most of those containers wound up at the bottom of the sea. Then there's the outright vandalism: a good example would be Hawaiian airport workers kicking the fins off surfboards in board bags, deliberate vandalism designed to keep haoles out of the lineup for awhile. It's conceivable that some disgruntled transportation industry worker saw the packaged or crated boat and thought, "Rich man's toy, who cares if it gets thrashed?" Ya never know in this crazy modern world... I'd like to think it was simply a factory defect of some sort, the boat built on a Monday or Friday, LOL. :confused:
 

Cactus Cowboy

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The underlying glass can be reinforced, once the OP installs an inspection port. Using the mast step to help bolster strength, in addition to the extra layers of glass on or under the deck, would effect a solid repair. OP, if you wind up going this route, be sure to flip the boat topside-down when you do the internal work, so gravity comes into play and the catalyzed resin doesn't drain away. Put the flipped boat up on sawhorses, a high rack, whatever, so you have room to work. After you cut the hole for the inspection port, you might hold off on the actual port installation until the glasswork is done, since that will offer a little more room for your arm as you deal with the glass repair. Meh, maybe the seller will exchange the hull for ya, saving you the trouble. Quien sabe? :rolleyes:
 

mixmkr

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Well of course you can reinforce the glasswork....i was stating that the common repair method of grinding the cracks and refilling, would probably crack again, due to poor layup procedures or current design. Shoot....glass in an aluminum plate or a 4x8 sheet of marine plywood, for that matter....and go in from the bottom if you're flipping the boat. Sounds like warranty work to me, not performed by the owner....but typically most manufacturers don't cover gelcoat cracking, unfortunately. Extreme stress cracking might be another issue, which this situation seems to be approaching.
A couple phone calls seem to be the next action.
 

Cactus Cowboy

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Yes, I agree, just sayin' that the OP *could* repair the boat and make her solid IF the seller/builder fails to honor the warranty, or if the warranty is written in such a slick manner that the seller/builder can *legally* skate and shirk responsibility & moral obligation. There's a phrase which has gone the way of the dinosaurs---moral obligation---but who knows? Maybe this time the warranty will be good, I certainly hope so, but all is not lost if the OP gets wanked, it'll just cost a bit more to make things right, LOL. I shouldn't laugh, Lord knows I've been on the wrong end of that stick multiple times... :confused:
 

mixmkr

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I agree....if that's acceptable to the owner. I've worked at boat dealerships for over 3 decades, and Its the rare case gelcoat defects are covered. This seems like a rare case. The hulls are so thin to begin with that any skimping will be a big deal in integrity. AquaFinns are even worse and not much thicker than a single layer of woven roving, with some chopped mat thrown in for the heck of it. But I doubt there is a local dealer authorized for warrantee work, that a repair to this level is cheaper than replacement. 75% of replacement cost usually is a totaled boat. I'd be shocked if L.P. authorized the owner to do warrantee work.
 

Cactus Cowboy

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I was just thinking that I'm in a lower socioeconomic class than y'all, I've never purchased a brand-new boat, and the boats I bought were all so old that any warranty which might have existed certainly had already expired. The boats also had the added benefit of needing extensive repairs right off the bat, LOL. :confused:

I suppose I could start robbing Circle Ks, that might give me enough money to pay for a new boat. Problem is, the two Circle Ks in this burg might not have enough between 'em to pay for a new boat, I'd probably have to rob a bank instead... ;)
 

mixmkr

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Economic levels exist all the way up to the top. Im shocked when I see someone plunk out (with a loan usually) $300k for a new cruising sailboat, to only have it depreciate at $20k/yr. Powerboat owners are even worse with their money. Imagine $5k to fill up your fuel tanks!! Shoot..slip fees (per year) for said 60ft Hatteras, at a covered dock are about the cost of TWO new Sunfish!!!
 

Cactus Cowboy

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Yeah, I hear ya there, and I know a little about that whole scene from working those Dago marinas... and working aboard sportfishing/excursion craft. Man, I wish I had the money for a Hatteras, probably go with the Hatteras 53 Fisherman with extended afterdeck (web ad says 'extended cockpit'), I always liked the styling. Sacrilege, such words coming from a lifelong small craft sailor, but IF I had the money... LOL. :rolleyes:

Over the years, I've had a recurring dream of owning some huge megayacht, only to use it as a tender to my new Laser, LOL. Laser in a cradle, davits or deck boom handy... now THAT would make a STATEMENT!!! Of course, one trip to the fuel dock and the dream would become a nightmare: "CHA-CHING!!!" Wallet would be emptied, bank accounts drained... it's an ugly scenario. :eek:

Better stick to the small craft, I intend to pick up some sort of small sailboat once this present situation improves. Something for the local lakes, and runs to the coast once the 'Covidiocy' dies. As for small craft sailing, well, there's something the rich elitist tards can never take away from ya: even aboard your humble Laser or 'Fish, you're still a "yacht owner!!!" LOL. ;)
 
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