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I have a 2008 Sunesta 224 that has delamination issues that we noticed the end of the 2015 season (7 yrs old). Had the spots fixed last spring. Noticed a cracked hull at the end of last season. Had it looked into and am now up to $12,000+ in repairs to fix. All due to delamination. Have had to 2 other supposedly less substantial boats before doing the same boating that we do now with no hull issues. I am baffled as to how a hull can start to deteriorate in 7 years.

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Bad layup. Probably dry glass. Should be covered by the hull warranty?

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things like this you move on from and get rid of.  sell or trade, situation like this Id feel better going to a dealer.

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2 hours ago, JSK said:

Unfortunately  I am not the original owner.

Isn't the hull warranty transferable for the first 10 years?

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21 minutes ago, crvtt771 said:

You should at least contact Chaparral.  Never hurts to try.

about ready to say that, nothing to lose

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Hard to make a comment without more information. What caused the delamination? What is the boat history?

Give us a bit more info. Chaparral's are typically a well made boat.

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Not quite certain without photos but water intrusion can cause it as well.  It is possible to not even know that water is intruding depending on how bad it all is.  

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First 4 pictures were patched last spring. The 5th picture is what I found after last season. Had an estimate done by a fiberglass specialist. Insurance had a surveyor inspect and concluded that there was no sign of hard impact. There was moisture in the floor which caused internal damage. Little did I know last season that delamination was starting. I now am more knowledgeable on what it is. We beached it occasionally on a sandy beach. So I thought it was something that we did. Surveyor stated that that was not the cause. Delamination is what cause it. My boat repair guy will be cutting into locker floor to see what lies below. We are the 3rd owner of this boat which is why warranty is issue.

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6 minutes ago, Toddavid said:

Any chance Hurricane Sandy boat?

Curious: what would the hurricane have done to cause that?

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Submerge her for a while with gel coat breaches and you have one boat soaked to the core.

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doesn't look like a hull that's been scraped, scratched, damaged by a hurricane.

Maybe bad gas?  ;)  (tongue in cheek)

To the OP, best of luck in obtaining a solution.

 

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Hurricane Sandy boats weren't sold as-is, damage was typically covered up, like flood cars.

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1 hour ago, Toddavid said:

Hurricane Sandy boats weren't sold as-is, damage was typically covered up, like flood cars.

The bottom of the boat is wet no matter what, fully submerged or not. :huh:

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I hope I am wrong but I am going to say it anyway ...

Based on the history of reemerging problem and the pictures, I would say the hull is saturated with water, then being weaken and damaged by repetitive freezing and thawing. The last two mild winters were brutal in a way for soil/rock erosion, old roof shingles, and anything that holds water in the cracks. The period from December to April this year was a constant cycle of freezing and warming in the Northeast ... how the hull looks now?

A few points to evaluate the situation and exclude the water intrusion scenario ...

Was the hull checked for water intrusion before the initial repairs were done? Was the inspection professional and comprehensive?

If water was found inside the hull, was the water extracted and hull dried completely (it takes a lot of prep and time) before the repairs were made?

Was the source of water intrusion established, and necessary repairs made? Was it checked for water intrusion after? Have you noticed boat listing, being heavier, or poor performance?

 

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6 hours ago, drewm3i said:

The bottom of the boat is wet no matter what, fully submerged or not. :huh:

My point has to do with possible help that Chap may offer. If this were a salvage boat, Chap is off the hook, if it is due to mold inclusions, OP may want to pursue.

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I think cutting to see what is below is a good move.  I also have a feeling you might have water in the hull based on the pictures.  Could be wrong but I think it needs to be looked at.

Let us know, and a call to Chap wouldn't hurt. 

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The first step to any repair will be to grind away the gel coat to get a better look. Should be fairly straightforward, but you will want to see how far the shoddy construction extends.

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