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post #4 of Old 02-18-2013
DonScribner
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Re: Purchasing Sunken boats

Define sunken. Fully submerged or a hundred gallons in the salon before the keel touched down and the neighbor threw in a pump and made a phone call? The biggest thing will be delamination. Once the deck core gets wet and the wetness begins to spread, the inner and outer layers of glass could let go. It's the sandwich of these components that give the boat strength. By themselves you have two sheets of floppy fiberglass and a sheet of balsa wood. Putting them back together is a real chore for a small area. If its the whole deck . . . RUN AWAY from this one. There are few things that cost more that a free boat. If you really want a boat, there are a bazillion 22 footers on trailers out there for about $2500 and they are sailable and in decent repair.
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