Stringers, moisture & delamination
Well the 1998, 30' SCR we were looking at failed on the survey. The stringers in the engine compartment were very moist and in some places the fiberglass had delaminated from the wood. We stopped the survey and decided it was not worth the time and money to conduct the haul out. See my last post under "Sounder Problems". Needless to say there was plenty of disappointment to go around since the boat appeared to be a good catch given some of the amenities such as the Garmin 3210 integrated radar/GPS.
I am interested in learning from forum members any experience with stringers going bad, delamination, and anything related to this. The repairs appear to be rather time consuming and expensive given what needs to be done, i.e. pulling engines, outdrives, opening existing fiberglass, digging out and replacing wood core, re-fiber glassing, etc. Conversely, it appears very expensive and risky to ignore.
Because we did not do the haul out, we were not able to check the hull for moisture. On the transom we did get a positive moisture reading between the engines. Additionally you could see where two bolts, the bolts that hold the transom zinc, had been pulled into the fiberglass.
At this time we are not pursuing this boat. We have one other identical boat that we have seen plus a 30’ Cruiser, both of which we may revisit.