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Re: Shrink Wrap

Originally Posted by Atlantic Salt View Post
I live in Nova Scotia and am thinking of shrink wrapping my FG boat this winter. However, someone mentioned today that SW can cause damage to a boat's finish in certain conditions.

Has anyone heard about this or have experience?

With painted finishes eg: Awlgrip or similar water trapped between the cover and hull can cause it to blister and ruin the finish. When shrinking a gelcoat boat moisture already in the hull near the waterline can flash to steam and pop little blisters off near the waterline. Wal around any yard that does shrink wrap and you see a few of these boats with waterline blisters. Personally I choose not to shrink wrap over the hull and would stop at the toe rail, as I do on my own boat...

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