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Join Date: May 2001
Location: Chester County/Franklin County
Re: Found the problem with my Chris Craft !
Many of those fiberglass boats are filled with floatation foam. Basically its a 2 part, expandable foam that is poured into the voids and and in between stringers after construction of the boat. While it is considered a closed cell foam, after long exposure to water, it does begin to soak up a TON of water. You will never dry it out. The only way to dry out the foam is it remove it and repour new foam. I had to take the deck off my boat and literally dig out the old foam with a shovel and sawzall. It was not fun at all. It was amazing how much water that foam was holding. Not to be the bearer of bad news, but replacing the old foam is the only way to fix it. Ive heard of people rigging up a vacuum pump to try to suck the water out, but that doesnt get it all. If you were having trouble getting the boat to plane, i think you have a lot of water in there. Water is very heavy. Can you tell where the old water line was on the boat compared to where it sits in the water now?