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    Crack in bilge 2008 chapparal 224 Sunesta

    We removed some of the loose material, and found some pink stuff on the underside of the gel coat? How serious is it from the initial looks? We thinking it s pretty serious. IF we were to wait until the end of the season the get it fixed what is the best way to protect the area from water?
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    Crack in bilge 2008 chapparal 224 Sunesta

    Hi, we did some digging around and took some samples while we lightly chilled the edges. The one half is the upper surface but what is the pink stuff? And how serious does it look if that is what’s protecting the stringer?
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    Crack in bilge 2008 chapparal 224 Sunesta

    Thanks for the tips; we ordered the camera that WingNut had suggested and we'll post some pics of the progress.
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    Crack in bilge 2008 chapparal 224 Sunesta

    Thanks for the reply, your information is helpful. We'll inspect it with the camera first, and if it looks okay we'll try and look into resealing. This whole thing is a huge learning experience for us so we really appreciate the feedback. If we have any doubts well have it professionally looked at. Any tips for removing the loose gel coat in the area? We'd ideally like to remove a nice section around the visual crack, but lack any ideas on how to do that...
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    Crack in bilge 2008 chapparal 224 Sunesta

    Hello, It is stored in a four wall building (Rack Storage), and we make it a point to have the bilge dry before winterizing it. I'm going to follow WingNuts advice with the camera -- if okay would sealing it with 4200 be acceptable?
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    Crack in bilge 2008 chapparal 224 Sunesta

    That's a great idea, I was thinking about looking into a small camera like that. I think that should be our first step, before making a mountain out of a mole hill. Thanks! -- ofc hoping for the best but expecting the worse. We're not looking to take the path of least resistance and a major repair if needed is not off the table. Arming yourself with as much information as possible before handing it off to a repair shop is essential nowadays...
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    Crack in bilge 2008 chapparal 224 Sunesta

    My wife and I are really hoping it is just cosmetic, but the crumby thing is its location. it is smack dab under the engine, which makes it very very difficult for me to investigate. We had our marina's fiberglass guy try and look at it but said we'd need the engine pulled to do so. I believe our boat, 2008 Sunesta has encapsulated wood stringers, and that makes me think they are more resilient to moisture. If I can chip away the flakes what should I look for as far as structural damage? I think it would be obvious signs of cracks...
  8. I’ve attached a photo of said crack, what are your thoughts?
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