Crack in hull around center board

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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
 
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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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Rob B

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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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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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She does leak. I'm fairly certain it was from years of standing on the CB to right the boat. I ended ...........
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.
 
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