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DrAlan posted 08-23-2002 03:31 PM ET (US)   Profile for DrAlan   Send Email to DrAlan  
In the Caribbean for 4 months no with a 27' Temptation, classic Whaler hull. Scrubbing the bottom is ok, I like the exercise, but now I'm hearing about possible "Osmosis," leading to bubbling of the outer hull surface, and delamination! What's the true story?

Contemplating bottom painting, but... Trailering is a hasle do to surface chop and by myself for the in and out. Rebuilding the trailer bed now. Thinking about rollers all the way down the middle, as desribed in the forum, but how many to hold all the weight on the keel? And how much on the wood planks?

Open for suggestions, and bottom paint referrals. Thanks.

Kurt Gett posted 08-23-2002 10:36 PM ET (US)     Profile for Kurt Gett  Send Email to Kurt Gett     
Dr. Alan,
I do not know the answer to your osmosis question, but I can take the problem out of your hands. I have seen your boat on Cetacea and she is outstanding. If you come up to Long Island, NY and want to part with her (the boat) drop me an email at I already have two whalers but they say three is a charm... Keep em well, Kurt G.
jimh posted 08-24-2002 01:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Osmotic blistering is a common problem on some boats, but I have not heard too much of it reported on Whalers.

The use of higher quality laminates and gelcoats seems to have made Whaler hulls less likely to do this.

Since I don't boat in saltwater, I'll leave the question of vulnerability to those who do.

bocadrew posted 08-24-2002 10:27 AM ET (US)     Profile for bocadrew  Send Email to bocadrew     
If you dont't mind scrubbing the bottom all the time thats one thing, otherwise you should paint the bottom. Is there a reason you dont want to? My last boat (a bayliner) if I went to long with out repainting the bottom the boat would get little blisters on the hull (not sure of technical reason for this) as well as growth (barnicles and such.)You must repaint the bottom once a year as far as I know. There are those that dont't like bottom paint, but I personally think it is a small price to pay to be able to keep your boat in the water. I guesss it depends on how often you use it. As far as what type of paint to use you will have to wait for more expereinced members to reply...or search past posts or perhaps ask someone in your location.....drew

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