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padrefigure posted 04-30-2002 12:52 PM ET (US)   Profile for padrefigure   Send Email to padrefigure  
Looked at an older 13 this week for a restoration project. The inner blue gel-coat has extensive spider cracks. The outer gel-coat has large areas of delamination and is cracked into a pebble like texture. The boat does not appear to be waterlogged--I could lift it easily. How can you tell whether this is a diamond in the rough or a boating abyss?
Soho posted 04-30-2002 02:01 PM ET (US)     Profile for Soho  Send Email to Soho     
I guess it is all relative, depends on the amount of work you want to put into it. The inner spider cracks in the gel can be dealt with and a new surface, gelcoat or paint applied. The delam on the outside sounds more serious. My 69 Nauset had terrible cracking and cratering on the gel on the bottom and I just ground it all off and put a new epoxy barrier coat etc on and it was fine - that was the bottom. The sides were not as bad so a good sanding etc and they were ready for painting. Just was alot of work...

Care to elaborate on the delam you describe ? Can we assume that we are talking about areas where the sides have separated from the inner foam ?



padrefigure posted 05-01-2002 08:59 AM ET (US)     Profile for padrefigure  Send Email to padrefigure     
The delam is more of a separation between the gelcoat and the greenish fiberglass mat below. It looks like just about all of the gelcoat will have to be sanded away to get to a solid base. Then I suppose the surface will have to be faired and a new gelcoat will have to be built up. I am not sure that I am prepared to make a career out of this boat.
Soho posted 05-01-2002 10:08 AM ET (US)     Profile for Soho  Send Email to Soho     
Ouch, that sounds messy and it sounds like a lot of sanding ! I have never seen that sort of delam that I remember. Fairing out a large area can get tricky to get it smooth with no undulations. Guess a 13 is not that large though. Sounds like a challenge in any event - good luck !


Chris J posted 05-01-2002 11:11 AM ET (US)     Profile for Chris J  Send Email to Chris J     
Rather than restore it you might want to repair it as required and just use it. A Whaler doesn't have to be perfect to be useful. If the hull is dry you can probably get many years of service out of it as is, with no sacrifice in performance or utility.

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