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Old 06-22-2017, 12:17 AM   #1
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Hello all!
I'm Ian and have have a problem.
It would seem there is water in my 2004 Maxum 1800sr in the inner hull. I'm assuming this because of the slow rise to plane and the fact that the bow doesn't dip when trimmed up(down).
I did have an issue of the ski locker area getting clogged and filled with water, it delaminated the glass off the wood towards the rear.
How and where should I "cut to inspect " to find the damage? Is there foam under the gas tank and battery areas? Is this the end of our time with this 13 year old boat?!
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Old 06-22-2017, 02:06 AM   #2
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Is the deck fiberglass or wood covered with carpet? A boat this size will have foam under the deck and it sounds like it has become saturated with water. The only cure is to remove and replace the foam. Drill a few test hole to see if water come up can tell you how much of the foam is saturated.
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Old 06-22-2017, 10:50 AM   #3
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Hello!

Thank you for the quick reply!

The deck is glass with no carpet. The area in question is at transom on each side of the engine well. I will be drilling for test cores this weekend and shall update.
My biggest concern is having to remove foam....I do not want to tear apart the "top half" of my boat to access it.
I will drill some 2 and a half inch holes on top of the areas and use a pic tube to get a sample of the core...
Wish me luck,
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Old 06-22-2017, 12:37 PM   #4
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Good luck and make sure you don't drill through the bottom of the boat.

BTY I would not drill such big holes a few 1/8 holes will pull some foam and you should be able to see if its wet. Much easier to repair the glass this way.
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If you think it's a lot of weight, you might try this:

1) Empty everything out of the boat.
2) Get the fuel as low as possible.
3) Take the tow vehicle and empty trailer to a scale to get a Tare Weight.
4) Load the boat on the trailer
5) Take the tow vehicle with boat on trailer to the same scale.
6) Subtract the total weight from the tare weight.

How far over the vessels dry weight should indicate how much water weight you have.

The solution to this problem, if it exists is even horrible. I've seen repairs where they drill holes in the hull until its swiss cheese, then let the boat drain for at least a month. Then fiberglass repairs on all the holes.
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