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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2012 5:38 pm 
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I just did the Git-Rot fix to 2 top areas of my 1980 H-16, one hull about 16 x 5 inches, the other hull about 8 x 5 inches. Got hard after 2 days and looks just awful with all the holes I drilled, but I am not entering it in any beauty contests real soon, so who cares! But was wondering if you have ever seen a H-16 that broke up from not taking care of the surface weak spots? Thanks!


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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2012 8:17 pm 
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From what I've read on these forums not taking care of the situation means failure is inevitable. Eventually. Sounds like you did the right thing.

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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2012 5:35 am 
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Although hull failure a commonly accepted consequence for neglecting hull delamination, I have never heard of a specific instance of such a catastrophe. There is no doubt that delamination substantially weakens your hull, which could make it fail under stress easier than it should, but could it really cause your hull to just fall apart from normal stress without much warning? Has anyone here seen a "spontaneous hull failure"?

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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2012 11:04 am 
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I have seen many Hobies bite the dust from the Delam issue. Even after the fix there is always a doubt in the back of your mind. A real eye opener is to see how thin a hobie deck really is.

The only body part allowed to touch my hulls is the butt the larger the better in order to even out point loads. This Former Hobie Admiral gets uptite when people walk or even worse jump on the top of the hulls. I do allow well trained crew members to walk on the area where the top and sides of the hull meet.

The best delam work is done when the area is small.

Former Hobie Admiral Gary and the huge butt mentioned above is a JOKE
I allow all sizes of butts to sit on my cats
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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2012 4:23 pm 
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like this?
http://thebeachcats.com/pictures/?g2_itemId=48151

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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2012 5:24 am 
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pyroboy08 wrote:
Although hull failure a commonly accepted consequence for neglecting hull delamination, I have never heard of a specific instance of such a catastrophe. There is no doubt that delamination substantially weakens your hull, which could make it fail under stress easier than it should, but could it really cause your hull to just fall apart from normal stress without much warning? Has anyone here seen a "spontaneous hull failure"?



YES several times , before and after repair, usually on a jibe in good wind.

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PostPosted: Wed May 23, 2012 12:04 pm 
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Damn !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That is the same color as my 1980 hulls !

I had better paint them real quick !!!

ha ha and Thanks for the heads up !!!!!


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