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|Author||Topic: Wet Foam|
posted 02-25-2001 12:22 AM ET (US)
While inspecting the hull of a '70 Katama my father and I are restoring, he discovered some water-saturated foam from a hole in the deck near the bow. We dug a little bit and can't seem to find where the moisture terminates. First, how do we handle this problem and secondly, what are the possible ramifications of this? Lastly, is there any way to correct it without cutting the entire deck out of the boat?
posted 02-25-2001 08:39 PM ET (US)
Expand the Repairs/Mods section for the last year and go through the posts. There is a lot of good information on handling wet foam.
posted 02-26-2001 09:12 AM ET (US)
One of the best ideas you'll find is to use a vacuum pump to extract the water.
Water retention in older hulls is a problem, which is why you have to really be diligent about keeping any fitting/hole/etc that pierces the gelcoat layer well sealed.
posted 02-26-2001 04:55 PM ET (US)
Are there any dangers with running a whaler with wet foam? A friend of mine has a old 16 that has two 8in. cutouts in the back of the boat left and right (i dount no if all 16's have this) that has water in them all the time! Is there any danger with running a whaler like this? The boat runs fine and the floor doesnt seem to be lifting in the back at all.-Thanks
posted 02-26-2001 07:40 PM ET (US)
Eaze, I have a 73` `16 Currituck and do not have those cutouts, and have never seen them? I would be quite nervous to all of a sudden see them in my hull! Maybee someone else knows more about this? Regards-Jack Graner.
posted 02-26-2001 10:59 PM ET (US)
Does anyone know how far into the foan water will spread .Is the foam like a spong or does it resist soaking. Also is there a moisture meter to ck. hull for saturation.Thanks for any input.
posted 02-27-2001 08:53 PM ET (US)
I think the 2 cutouts was cut there to dry the hull while it was trailered and then never sealed off when it was put back in the water about 4 years ago.If you put your hand in the hole you can feel the bottom of the boat.The foam is gone in the holes.Is this really bad?I think the only worry i would have in that situation is if the transom crack or FALLS OFF from rotten/waterlogged wood.-Easy E
posted 02-27-2001 10:04 PM ET (US)
Wet foam has some definite problems. If water freezes in the foam it breaks it down and the foam becomes mushy. If a lot of water is in the hull, the foam and fiberglass tend to seperate. When this happens the fiberglass is allowed to flex and will start to stress crack. Also as the fiberglass flexes it pounds the foam into powder and this thinning of the foam allows the fiberglass to flex even more.
posted 02-28-2001 05:39 PM ET (US)
DIVE 1 thanks for your info. on foam my only concerne with Whaler is foam getting soaked. I have a Whaler now and hope to go to a larger Whaler this summer.
posted 03-04-2001 12:45 AM ET (US)
My friend had a saturated Montauk. He used a hole saw and drilled trough the Whaler in three places: 1) He drilled a 3inch hole in the foward floor (just back of the front storage) 2) Then he drilled two 3inch holes either side of the bilge in the back (before the well). 3) The last two holes were drilled on the outside of the boat on the back of the transom just below the foor deck. These were smaller about 1 inch. He then proceeded to tilt the boat with the stem in the air and the stern on the ground at about a 75 degree angle. It dripped until it dripped no more and then he let it sit for about a month like that. By the way this was done inside. That boat was bone dry when he sealed it back up. That was two years age and the boat is moored in the water in a slip year round. All the best, Steve in El Cerrito.
posted 03-04-2001 05:30 PM ET (US)
On my 1978 montauk the foam on the anchor box and in the "tunnel" for cables is exposed. If this is the way it was manufactured (?) then the foam must not absorb much water.
posted 03-05-2001 03:11 PM ET (US)
After restoring one old whaler that had some water in a delaminated protion of the hull that I removed using a vacuum, I decided to ask Chuck Bennet on how Whaler recommended drying out wet foam. Here is what he said: "I'd say the easiest method would be similar to what you used on the other
boat, use a vacuum to remove as much of the moisture as possible.
After drying, on larger voids (such as a 6" hole through the deck) fill the
hole with a tanking foam and build up the glass on the deck after.
I have already drilled 6-8 one-inch holes in areas where I suspected moisture (where the deck had holes though the fiberglass skin) I used a one-inch hole saw and only cut through the skin to remove the round plug. The foam around the holes appear to have dried over-night. We flipped the boat upside down since we are stripping bottom paint and will sand and paint the hull. I plan to let the foam air dry for the next several weeks pursuant to Chuck's recommentadions. Then I'll see what happens. JIM
posted 03-07-2001 02:22 AM ET (US)
I understand that Whaler changed the type of foam as technology progressed.If so, anybody know the year? My 78 9'was very badly soaked. I drilled two 1" holes in the transom at the bottom and stood it on end in my barn for a couple months. The way it floats says it worked.
|Tom W Clark||
posted 03-07-2001 11:06 AM ET (US)
I think Whaler actually changed foam a few times over the years. I'm not sure about the water absorbancy of the foams, but I remember in the early 80's there was a problem with the foam shrinking back and pulling the sides of the boats with it. My own '83 Outrage had this problem to a small degree. The sides near the stern appeared slighly puckered. I've seen outrages of the vintage with the same problem and I remember seeing a 18' bare hull at my local dealer (Jacobsen's) which had been stripped of everything except the rubrail. Boy! Was it ever ugly. It had severe puckering. I asked the dealer what the deal was and he told me the owner returned the boat under warranty and Whaler gave (or sold, as Whaler's warranty is pro-rated) the guy a new hull. The dealer also told me Whaler had been having problems with the vendor of the foam during those years and that they had changed vendors. The dealer also told me Whaler insisted the returned hull be destroyed. They didn't want it out in public ever again.
posted 03-07-2001 11:38 AM ET (US)
I wasn't aware Whaler pro-rated the warranty. I always thought that the warranty fully covered the hull for 10 years. No questions. Has anyone else heard of the warranty being pro-rated. Maybe that guy got shafted by the dealer??
posted 03-07-2001 02:33 PM ET (US)
There is prior discussion on the defective hull problems that plagued the first 100 or so of the 1982-1983 Outrage 18 hulls. Most were replaced, as Tom indicates.
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