Originally Posted by T2056
We recently looked at a 2005 34' Mainship trawler with hopes of purchasing. The main reason we decided against the boat was because of gelcoat cracks particularly around the fuel fill and waste deck plates on both port and starboard.
My questions is, does anyone know if this is a common problem with this year model or would it be out of the ordinary?
Crack or CRACKS?
My boat is the same model as you are looking at. The area you are talking about has many contours and on any boat the sharper the bend and the more of them the more chance for flexing and cracks in the Gel coat. A 34t has to be picked up at two specific places. The front sling has to be in line with the most forward triangle shaped window and the rear is in line with the end of the had rail, just forward of the four port side through hulls in the boot strip by about a foot or so. As they lift they need to make sure they are not two far back on the rear sling as to catch the front part of the skeg. If not placed properly I'm sure damage could be done.
Now back to the cracks. The original sports cars with fiberglass bodies had exactly the same problems. 63 through 69 Stingrays all had spiderweb cracks around any hard corner. The two fake vents in the hood cracked in their lower front corners as did the area around the head light doors. It took GM a long time to cure the problems. Some by eliminating the designs that caused them and some by better fiberglass techniques.
So for the most part Gel coat cracks are mostly cosmetic and will appear on most boats at some time or another. CRACKS
are a different story.
PM me if you have any other questions about the 34t.