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post #2 of Old 03-16-2003
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Hull Out What can I do

The good news is that you are having it surveyed. Not that all surveyors are real ood at their jobs but if you have very limited experience, it''s good to have someone who knows what to look for. If the boat was painted in September 02 then, depending on what type of paint was applied, how much was applied, and where you are in the world, the paint that''s on it should be good till at least September of this year. If the paint is of good quality, it will probably be good till the spring of 04. The surveyor should be looking for any problems with the structure and integrety of the hull. Obviously through hulls are a concern. How old are they, what are they made of, how were they installed. Ask the surveyor for his opinion about replacements if he/she feels it''s necessary. Are the valves gate or ball. If they are gate (like a tap) they should be replaced no matter what condition they are in. Have a look at any transducers (depth or speed meters). Are they clean and in good condition, installed properly? Any you have mentioned the zincs. Don''t just throw out the old ones. Check for corrosion. If there is a lot, were they replaced in September and if so, is there an electrical problem on the boat or at the marina? If they look brand new, are they properly bonded and actually working. Is the prop in good condition (nicks, bent blades, etc). Most of this stuff the surveyor will be able to help you with. If the paint is in good condition applied last year, ask the surveyor thinks it will last in your conditions. And last but not least, relax and enjoy the boat!
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