Problems with Fiberglass Delamination?

by Brad
(Aurora, OR)

Chriscraft Houseboat - Aquahome model

Chriscraft Houseboat - Aquahome model

Is fiberglass delamination a common problem with older ChrisCraft Aquahomes? I am looking at a 1969 ChrisCraft Houseboat, Aquahome model, and there seems to be a lot of fiberglass patching on what looks like seams. Is delamination of the fiberglass common problem?

Thanks Brad.

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Well Brad, as with any older houseboat, especially a 20 or 30 year old one, certain problems can arise, and delaminating fiberglass can often be one of them.

Fiberglass delamination is an issue that a lot of older houseboats can suffer from which can be due to water infiltrating between the layers of fiberglass matting. It is repairable, however it requires plenty of time and money.

Some of the delamination is due to poor manufacturing techniques and materials, or the differences between some of the older fiberglass resins.

Areas to look at for damage, stress, delamination or rot would be the transom, motor mounts, stringers, roof, decks, upper structure and all areas where water can sit.

Today, many of the houseboat manufacturers have worked very hard to improve their manufacturing techniques, and have applied new modern materials in the construction process which results with better built houseboats.

The best tip of the day would be to have a look at our Houseboat Buying Guide as it can save you plenty of headaches and problems associated with buying a boat.

Lastly, hopefully some of our readers will share and post comments about their fiberglass houseboat experiences.

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Fiberglass delamination on houseboats
by: Pondman

We looked at a 1972-3 Chris-Craft Aquahome houseboat in Bradford, Ontario, with a large hole at the front of the hull and numerous bulges along the sides of the hull.

The seller, who claims to repair fibeglass hulls, explained the bulges as "caused by improper blocking". Is this possible?

What does delamination look like? Does improper blocking cause bulges in the hull? Will these remain after the boat goes back in the water?

Is the Chris-Craft Aquahome 33 powered by 350 CI chevy?
I'd apreciate your candid comments.

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