Join Date: Aug 2006
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
Way Too Long Since Haulout?
I've found a Bristol 24 that I am considering purchasing. It's in better than average condition in many ways, with new sails, rigging, sound decks, chainplates, clean interior, good running Yanmar inboard, etc.
The current owner did many of these upgrades, like replacing sails, winches, rebedding cleats, stanchions, etc., but for some reason he neglected hauling out and doing regular bottom jobs. He didn't use the boat much in 6 years of ownership, other than for short daysails, and he claimed he's kept the bottom clean by scrubbing it regularly in the water using a SCUBA tank, and that there are no blisters or other problems.
My question is, what kind of problems can occur when a fiberglass hull is left in the water this long (about 6 years in Florida waters) without renewing the bottom paint? Obviously, I know to check for blisters and signs of delamination. The zincs on the prop shaft may be completely disintegrated. But could this hull be okay after such a long period of neglect? Could it be waterlogged? The boat appears to be sitting properly on her lines. As long as major damage has not resulted, I would like to consider the boat, and of course I'll inspect it underwater myself by diving, and then haul it out for a second inspection if it passes the first one. Any opinions on whether this is a good idea, or should it be passed up because of this.
Thanks in advance