Discussion in 'Technical Discussion' started by Drifter, Oct 20, 2020.
Thank you more than words can say.
As you have been reading, it is an ugly issue and sometimes totals the boat.
I don't think you want a non-perfect or barely patched hull anyway.
Fixing bad stringers, frames, hull and coring may involve tearing all down and apart like it was in the factory.
Just to much labor $$$ and other boats are out there ready to go, today.
Get tight with a good surveyor. When you find something, set him loose on it.
Do you own a Sea Ray 50?
Open to recommendations for a good surveyor in south FL! Please and thank you!
Are you in PA or FL?
That wasn't it, but could've been renamed. Florida Nautical surveyors is who I'd choose and mention it might be water logged right up front so they can bring extra equipment.
That actually sounds like there was NO delamination, in those stringers.
I mean, the most critical point for delamination is where the stringers are glassed to the hull, which is obviously along their bottom.
So, if water managed to fill them and remained trapped inside till you drilled a hole, the stringers/hull attachment was still holding well.
Sure, stringers shouldn't get filled with water anyhow, but I suspect that this was due to other reasons that have nothing to see with delamination.
Like water ingress point(s) due to something screwed to them, or whatever.
Pity that you lost contact with the boat.
I would have been curious to hear about the findings of whoever tried to fix the problem, and also what was done.
Pa, but the boat is in FL
Thank you all for the comments! Would you all avoid buying the mid to late 90s Sea Ray 50s and 55s?
Do you know by what year was the wood coring problem corrected? There are also a number of ‘00-‘03 Sea Ray 54s on the market. Anyone know if they have similar issues?
I'm guessing out loud; But the northern boats, used part of the year, Could be a good deal.
There was a cost reduced 50, I thought was the one you were looking at on YachtWorld up your way.
I would just avoid SeaRays. If you could not tell before, I'm not a fan.
There are better boats out there.
To me Sea Rays are like Chevrolets, nice appropriately priced boats for what you get. Where they outshine most other brands on the east coast is in the extent of their dealer / service network. IMHO that's worth a lot. Not paying to bring your boat or service people 100 miles is worth a lot as is not having to wait for parts to come from around the world.