• Mobile App For Android Now Online!

    Download it here. The app is searchable in the Google Play Store under Sailboat Owners.

    Sorry iPhone/iPad users, we are still waiting on Apple. :(

    Click the X in the upper right corner to make this go away

Cracks around jib track

Feb 21, 2013
3,612
Hunter 46 Point Richmond, CA
Looks like those linear cracks are caused by flexural strain...............but fixable. If you want to repair these yourself do an internet search on "repairing linear gelcoat cracks" for repair methods OR hire a gelcoat guy.
 
Jun 6, 2016
187
Catalina 275 Wilmette, IL
My concern is that the cracks are an indication of flexing. The question is: is the flexing caused by the mast, jib track or something else? A gelcoat repair is certainly the cheapest and easiest band-aid repair, but there is a good chance you will end up with the same results.

I don't know how you would figure it out, but you really need to know what caused the crack in the first place. If there is some play with the below deck mast support, maybe some shims. If it is the jib track, then it would probably be best to attack it from the ceiling below. Take out the balsa wood core and replace it with glass.

There are more questions than answers, so you may want to get an expert opinion.