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Me:  now a Highly concerned owner of a 2007 2200V pathfinder.

friend:  Owns a 2002 Hewes bonefisher That  began to show some floor cracking along the gunnel wall ( believed it was just the typical stress cracks taking its toll on the old boat)  but he began to take on water  and the bilge would not stop ! This guy is a full-time respected permit fishermen who takes pride in his boat and maintenanc.  when he got a chance to evaluate his boat he noticed a crack in the outter bottom front portion of his hull.  He took it to a reputable fiberglass shop that determined that cutting the floor  would be the appropriate step to making a full and complete repair but, what he found was highly concerning.   It was noted that a single stringer that was in place was not fiberglassed to the hull,  but rather helled down with a form of an Apoxy glue  on an approx 2 1/2 inch flange around the stringer. Also there was NO foam in the stringer whatsoever.  Not to mention that the boat wiring was not in conduit and was simply press between the top And hau not to mention that the boat wiring was not in conduit and was simply pressed between the top And hull.

So the question or concern I am posing to all members is has anybody ever experienced this type of craftsmanship from Maverick boat builders. Was this just a fluke? Was this a shortcut? Either way this boat should’ve never of been passed through inspection. My friend his son and any other guest he took on this boat could’ve been in  Real jeopardy !

Back to me:  As I noticed hairline gelcoat cracking along my back portion of my lower floor just before the rear decking (by the rear drains which To me is a design issue) as my boat holds deck water.  I would hate to find out that I’m in the same position with my reputable build such as the Pathfinder .

 Any insight would be greatly appreciated. 

Thx in advance.

In pic :  you will see the floor removed and the stringer. if you look closely you’ll see how it is not attached whatsoever . 


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My understanding is MBG started messing around with different stringer attachment systems about 15 years ago.  Some of these designs were not effective on boats that have a lot of hours or have been run hard.

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