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fkrabach

New Member
I just purchased(virtually stole) a 1996 #4551 and have some immediate concerns. I noticed the hull is collapsed quite a bit where it sits on the trailer bunks on both sides.
Has anyone experienced this and what did you do to resolve it?
So far my thoughts are:
1: Hang it from my garage rafters and turn the heat on for a while to see if it naturally corrects itself
2: Concerned with rotten wood stringers/supports
a: Remove the deck to inspect/replace any rotten stringers/supports
b: Flip it over and cut slots in the bottom to inspect/replace stringers/supports

I am very far from new to doing this type of work having restored a few older, bigger boats. Just new to this particular model and its structure and characterisitics.
 

DeereJ18

New Member
Can I see some pics? I'd like to make sure I know what you mean when you say "collapsed". Sounds like its some strange kind of water dmg so far.
 

fkrabach

New Member
I do not have pics available right and am away from home for a while. Basically where the hull sits on the trailer bunks is caved in quite a bit. I suspect its most likely from heavy snow accumulation. I'm wondering if there are plywood supports under the deck/cockpit seats and hull that may be rotted as well.
 

caprintx

Member
This happened to me when I had a Vagabond 14. I noticed it about a year after owning it. Where it rested on the trailer bunks, it was slightly caved in and some long cracks in the gelcoat parallel to the bunks. I wondered if it was because I trailered it across the state a few times, down some bumpy roads along the way. It was stored outdoors on the trailer, no cover. But it rarely snowed at the location.
 

Winston29

Active Member
I'm wondering if there are plywood supports under the deck/cockpit seats and hull that may be rotted as well.
Check out this old thread for photos of what's under the deck and inside the fiberglass on your boat.


I wouldn't want to tackle a job like the OP of that thread did. :eek:
 
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