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Hey All,

 

I just bought my first boat, it is a 1992 Hewes Bonefisher and I couldn't be more excited. I have been saving and shopping around for about a year and finally pulled the trigger. That being said there are two issues I am somewhat worried about. In the pictures you can see these cracks that are on the transom and one of them has some glue or something all over it, the seller said it was nothing structural. I am worried that it might be something bad. Can you guys shed some light on what you think? I know the picture are kinda lousy I was in a hurry when I took them. I can take more next week if needed. Thanks for the help.

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Stress cracks in the gel coat around the transom is not uncommon in older boats but I would be concearned that the repair is cracking. I would at least grind that down and see what's going on underneath and clean it up.

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The fact that the goo on top of the crack carried the exact same line of the original crack probably means there is a propblem. As stated above you need to have it checked out. You need to grind into the glass to see why it's cracking and then glass it back in. 

The goo covered crack looks worse than the other pic. 

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Is there any evidence of the crack on the external area of the hull?  If not it may just be stress cracking on the gel coat.not the fiberglass structure.  I would also get that mess off and give it a good smooth finish. Does the boat have a jack plate?  That could be the issue.

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Take the skeg of the motor and have someone lift it up and down while you watch and feel the area where it's cracked.  If you get movement you have problems.  Been there done that.   

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For the experts to answer, did the 92 Hewes have a wooden transom??

If so you may have problems.  :(

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Spider cracking is pretty normal in the round edges. But if you think its more than gelcoat issues, you might consider removing the jackplate. 

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Is it powered correctly? Just curious on a 92. Looks like a newer jack plate. Not sure if that was the norm back then for that year transom. If motor is too heavy then there's your problem. 

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Yeah I'm with ya FMB, what looks like an Atlas jack plate and possibly a newer four stroke sounds like trouble to me. However after 25 years I would expect some cracks. It's the "repair" that looks like poop!

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