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jmp posted 09-13-2002 09:27 PM ET (US)   Profile for jmp   Send Email to jmp  
Anyone have any experience taking a bare hull out to the desert to dry the foam?
capngeo posted 09-14-2002 06:24 PM ET (US)     Profile for capngeo  Send Email to capngeo     
No desert here in Florida, but I did the next best thing. I drilled a bunch of small holes in the bottom of a 13 that was soaked thru. Then I painted the inside of the hull with black water-based paint (the inside of the hull was already painted, which needed stripping anyway). Then I let the South Fl sun go to work. It was amazing to watch how much water dripped out of the hull when the sun heated it.... at night, nothing came out!

After about 6 weeks, the hull weighed about 45 lbs less, and hadn't dripped in a couple of weeks. I filled and faired all the holes with West System, put on an epoxy barrier coat, then anti-fouling (I was intending to keep the boat in the water)

The black paint pressure washed out, and the other "old" paint was removed with paint remover. A nice coat of AwlGrip Oyster White, new rubrail & wood, a new 35 Merc, and she looked (and rode like new!)

I'd think the desert sun and low humidity would expedite the process for you.

tomwin posted 06-29-2007 09:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for tomwin  Send Email to tomwin     
Ablewis posted 06-30-2007 10:55 AM ET (US)     Profile for Ablewis  Send Email to Ablewis     
Black plastic might accomplish the same thing as the paint? If it were taped off, it might even build up additional heat?
cotton posted 06-30-2007 10:16 PM ET (US)     Profile for cotton    
Amazing how good ideas can build on each other on this forum.
Newtauk1 posted 07-01-2007 02:18 AM ET (US)     Profile for Newtauk1  Send Email to Newtauk1     
Its amazing how the water gets in. I saw a mid 80's Montauk with the RPS seat legs removed and the exposed screw holes were oozing ample amounts of black liquid and water. This hull was pristine and the deck perfect. How did the water get in?

I suggest osmosis and poor gel coat finish. These Whalers have the thinnest layer of gelcoat going. All the foam solutions soak up water like a sponge.

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