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ron3637 posted 02-03-2003 12:04 PM ET (US)   Profile for ron3637   Send Email to ron3637  
I am looking at a used whaler which has its bottom painted. Other than stripping the paint, are there any tell tale ways to determine if the hull has been damaged and repaired. thanks
logan posted 02-05-2003 12:14 AM ET (US)     Profile for logan  Send Email to logan     
depending upon the age of the boat odds are that it has been repaired atleast once. by taking you hand and tapping every spot you can. you will be listining and feeling for; hollow sounds (find a whaler you know is good to compare the sound to a bad whaler sounds like drywall) you will be feeling if the hull is squishy or dents in when you tap.
dhlaw posted 02-05-2003 10:05 AM ET (US)     Profile for dhlaw  Send Email to dhlaw     
Ron,
if you are serious about purchasing this boat then get a surveyor to look at it. It could potentially save you thousands, and as tight as you are that should mean alot! LOL
JeffA posted 02-05-2003 11:19 AM ET (US)     Profile for JeffA  Send Email to JeffA     
I had a bad experience with a painted boat. I bought a whaler about a year ago. At that time, I could not tell (lack of experience) that the bow was painted to cover a repair; the repair shop made a perfect match with the gel coat. This repaired area has water damage and needs repaired. There was no signs of blistering at all when I bought it and the repair area felt solid. I would either look for another boat or have a professional look at it. It's not too late to save yourself from a nightmare.
ron3637 posted 02-05-2003 02:03 PM ET (US)     Profile for ron3637  Send Email to ron3637     
I plan to have a surveyor look at the boat, but wanted to educate myself first. I have found that its wise to first determine, as best i can, what questions should be asked before moving on and hiring an expert. I appreciate all your coments. thanks ron

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