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    Crack forward of the anchor locker

    Hi Forum,

    I recently took a look at a local ericson and discovered a large crack on the deck, just aft of the anchor mount and forward of the anchor locker. Not sure if it’s a stress crack or something caused by a collision. Would love your insight if you’ve seen anything like this.

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    Additionally, I discovered a slight split in the teak siding, in the forward cabin (V-berth):

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    Not sure if there is a connection between the two points of damage. Owner didn’t say. Would greatly appreciate your impressions! Thanks so much!

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    Might as well post a pic of the anchor locker too...

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    Question Good Question, and Hard to Answer

    Does the inside of the stem show stress or repairs? I suspect a collision with something hard, at a pretty good combined speed. Could be years in the past.
    It's really hard to flex the boat enough to split that piece of teak ceiling, so maybe that was just a flawed piece of wood that took decades to dry enough to split.
    Photos help a lot, but it's still difficult to diagnose at a distance.
    I would focus first on the outside of the stem. OTOH, a really *good* gel coat repair will be invisible....

    Plan B: remove (and re-bed) that "tub". That might be the only way to really study the inside part. That's not a fun job; I have seen it done on another E boat. Moderate swearing was involved.

    Edit: is the anchor locker lid a different color than the deck? Why? And why is a pin backing out of one of the hinges?
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    to me it looks like an anchoring mishap if anything.

    how does the shape of the bow look from the outside? maybe take a straight edge to everything that should be straight and check it, don't trust your eye. if you can, go to the bow and put some downward pressure, see if there is any movement.
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    I've seen something similar, but not quite so extensive, caused by large wake coming into a marina, causing the bow to rise up very high and for the boat to lurch forward in the slip, and then to have the bow roller fitting crash down on the dock. I suggest checking the entire stemhead fitting for cracks (or evidence of repairs).
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    I would investigate further.

    There is evidence of water incursion on the forward starboard shelf and above. Is that related to the cracks?

    As regards the photo evidence, note that it is possible to overstress a bow by trying to raise a stuck anchor. The roller assembly makes a lever. The boat is cinched up tight on the stuck anchor. Swell is then used to break the anchor free. This can put big lift vector on the anchor roller assembly, which is bolted to the deck.

    Take a look at the anchor roller assembly for signs of deformation.

    We know this (I think): that's not a simple gelcoat crack. (If a probe will pass through the crack)

    But it may not be important, only a cosmetic repair. A surveyor would know.
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    These theories are really helping me get a sense of potential problems this vessel may have faced. Much appreciated!

    I noticed another potential clue on this image of the underside of the bow. Don’t think that’s a line of water dripping from the starboard edge. Thoughts?
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