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  1. whichwaysup

    Fighting Lady Yellow - yr 2000 anyone?

    Thanks! I'll try them!
  2. Hey all - Reaching out in the hopes that somebody knows somebody who knows somebody who has a supply of Fighting Lady Yellow gel coat in the ~year 2000 vintage. I need a TINY amount to address a couple areas on my 2000 Maverick MA, but spectrum only has it in gallons and they want ~$700 for it! If anyone has any that I can buy a portion of for a reasonable price, I'd be eternally grateful, and if anyone else needs the same thing, maybe we can go in on it together. I hate the idea of paying 175 for a quart, but it's better than $700 for a gallon! And will you STOP IT with the emojis? Oh, wait, are those fighting lady yellow?
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    2000 MA Repair Thread - Stringer issue

    Stopped by the shop today to see what they were talking about. Ill be darned. that spot is right under where the stringer broke loose. Here is the pic of the area when the gelcoat was removed, and then what was left after the loose pieces of glass came loose. I think we can say that something hit the hull pretty darned hard, and based on the fact it is right under the stringer, I think this explains the issue far better than a lurking manufacturing defect that took 17 yrs to show up.
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    2000 MA Repair Thread - Stringer issue

    That last pic is him sticking his knife blade through the hole - a little blurry though.
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    2000 MA Repair Thread - Stringer issue

    Well, after a painful hiatus, we're moving forward again. To bring the audience up to date, here's what's occurred since the last post: 1) The original shop that agreed to do the work did a great job . . . and then went awol on me for after July. Literally, work stopped, communication stopped, and I ended up having to go get the boat. 2) Having been less than impressed with the way that went down, I had several different shops inspect the work that was done. To my great relief, they not only agreed it was quality work, they were clearly impressed with what and how it was done. 3) It isn't easy to find a shop to pick up a project mid-stream, and I almost gave up, even listed the boat for sale on here as well as local craigslist. A combination of multiple offers almost immediately and the guys on here telling me I was nuts to abandon the project made me decide to keep her and keep at it. 4) I found a shop locally that I'd initially wanted to do the work, but at the time wasn't sure what we were dealing with and had declined it. At that time, they didn't want to get in there and discover an issue bigger than they could address. I brought the boat back to them to look at and they remembered it. Now that the full issue was a) visible and b) corrected, they agreed to take it on and make her right. We broke the job into two parts - fix the cracks on the bottom first, then put her back together. I also found a guy who is highly recommended for re-wiring and we agreed on a complete rewire in between the two fiberglass jobs. 5) In the meantime, I've been doing some maintenance work on the engine to make sure it's ready, and will be doing the same on the trailer. Which brings me to today. Work has officially started on the bottom. And some interesting news here: The shop is addressing the main crack along the strake that originally alerted me to the problem, as well as some cracks in the gel coat that are closer to the center of the stern. The two areas are not connected, but are on either side of the stringer. The strake was straightforward- when the glass was ground down, we found what we expected to find - a crack going through the hull (now fixed on one side in the original work, but still needing to be fully addressed. Shop seemed happy to see the extent of it and walked me through the plan to address. The other crack was a bit of a surprise. Originally, we thought this was primarily superficial/cosmetic due to the hull flexing, but when he started grinding the area, the gelcoat came off in pieces as well as pieces of actual fiberglass (I THINK - I need to confirm that he was referring to both gelcoat and fiberglass, stay tuned, it was a brief convo). There was a hole all the way through the area into the stringer itself. What became very clear is that the area had been impacted by something hard enough to crack it and potentially that is what popped the stringer loose in the first place. The good news is that the area is easily repaired and may finally explain how we got here in the first place. It may also exonerate MBC from the original diagnosis from the insurance company and surveyor that this was a manufacturing defect. We'll see. Will attach pics shortly.
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    Gel Coat color?

    Uggh - Fighting lady yellow for that year only comes in a Gallon - 623.00!!!! Anyone on here have any ideas? I don't need much - 90% of the repair will be on the Oyster white bottom. Also, maybe a question for Ray/MBC, but for a given year for the 2 tone boats - is the same color used on the (white) deck that is used on the (white) bottom of the hull? I have some non-skid that will need to be patched as well.
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    redfish on the fly

    Seanp, great to have someone else posting here! What part of the midatlantic are you in?
  8. whichwaysup

    Gel Coat color?

    Awesome, Thanks Brad!!
  9. whichwaysup

    What did you do to your boat today?

    and the excessive emoticons is something the forum is doing, not me. No really, they keep multiplying. something about using the spacebar?????
  10. whichwaysup

    What did you do to your boat today?

    Very nice! Love that feeling of running in a boat you love. Speaking of which, I got a quote this a.m. on the next part of the job to get mine back on the water - putting the rear deck back on and putting her back together. It came in about what I expected, so I will get her done. The shop reinforced that they couldn't be more impressed with the work done to fix and reinforce the stringers, which is music to my ears. They will be grinding down the area beneath the stringer over the next week to fix the cracks that the delamination caused. I'll post pics up in my thread as I get them. Rewiring will start at the beginning of Feb, and I was able to find some replacement LED bow lights (the old ones were getting pretty corroded. I may go ahead and have the thru-hull transducer hooked up again so I never lose depth when running - which happens when I am am running WOT with my side scan xducer. In the meantime, work continues on the rest of the boat. I'll be replacing the hubs on the trailer and keeping the old ones as spares for long trips. Got the parts to replace the upper seals in the lower unit of the engine. Still debating on whether to upgrade my ipilot with the bluetooth/more accurate one or whether to invest in a power pole, or whether to install a jackplate. A lot will depend on what it ultimately takes to put the boat back on the water. It's been a year and 3 months since I first discovered this issue. I still wonder if it will ever actually be done. I hear that the fish stocks have dramatically increased since I've been land locked, though
  11. whichwaysup

    Gel Coat color?

    Hey all - We're moving forward with the boat repair. I need to order a quart of the "white" gel coat used for the deck and for the bottom of my boat. Apparently, I can get color matched gel coat by providing my hull's serial number . . . somewhere. Anyone able to send me in the right direction? Do I need to reach out to Ray at MBC or somewhere else? Thanks in advance for any help.
  12. whichwaysup

    Any Experience with this Fuel/water separator?

    had the same issue on my last boat. didnt happen till i changed the filter and tried tobuse the original bowl (new filter didnt come with one). Drove me nuts and happened just often enough to make me think I had fixed it . . . only to have a bilge full of fuel again a few months later.
  13. whichwaysup

    What did you do to your boat today?

    Ive been to hell and back on this over the past year, but at least I know she is better and stronger than new now. Will be a happy guy when she is back in one piece.
  14. whichwaysup

    Forum doing strange stuff

    Worked perfectly fine for me . . .😋🤪
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