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I am new to sailing and have recently made an offer on a 1985 Catalina 36.
The marine survey notes 400-500 Osmotic Blisters and 10-12 2-inch blisters.
I have been advised that I only need to repair the 2-inch blisters. However I am concerned with that advice... should I be concerned with the 400-500 Osmotic Blisters?
If so what are my options?
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That is a boat that I would run, not walk away from. Two inch blisters are huge and typically when they are that large in diameter, they are also fairly deep suggesting more than a superficial osmotic blistering problem. The proper cure for this extensive a problem is to do a peel, and to come back and build up the peeled depth with fiberglass cloth with epoxy or vinylester resin. Anything less you can expect to have the problem return and cause further structural damage. Even doing a peel is no guarentee, but done right, and if you keep your bilges dry, a peel and glass job should be a permanent fix.

So, if for some reason you were getting this boat for $10,000 to $15,000 less than market value, where you could afford to do a peel, and you didn''t mind living without your boat for 6 months of dry season (usually not winter time on the Atlantic Coast) then maybe I would consider this boat. Otherwise, there are a lot of other boats out there (most of a better design and build quality).

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I agree, if I could get this boat for a "steal" then maybe I would consider this boat. But with so many other boats out there available to you, I would probably pass .
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My two cents gentlemen ha ha ha. I too, after looking at so many boats becasue of my physical handicap it is much easier for me to get onto a step through transom vessel. But my problem is that the Tartan, Sabre, Caliber, and Hylas all do not have this in a older boat. The closest I could find was the Sabre in 1993 38MKII has a small step on transom, but then you have to go up a ladder (not steps), not to mention it is more than 50k out of reach. I would prefer a better quality boat myself, but with the features and for the money it looks as though it is going to have to Beneteau, Catalina, or Hunter. Unless anyone has a suggestion.

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acmecoyote,
I understand.
Catalina built a walk-through transom thirty footer and it''s not a late model so it might be in your price range.
I don''t know the year or details on the boat but I''m sure someone else can help if your interested.

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thanks windship. But am looking at going for a min on the 38foot range. and the catalina, bene, and hunters all have what I am looking for. Have found by looking at the 37-2 and 36 footer I can probably keep things in my pocket book as well as get what i want. Just ahve to go find a few more boats. Found Tartan and Sabre which I love both that i may be able to do a little mod to the steps in the stern to be wonderful. Just have to see if boats like these are still around in September next year when I am ready to buy.
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David,

I recently went through the exact same process as you...new to sailing, found a boat I really liked,(Oday 32), and made an offer. I was lucky in that I got to look at a previous survey before I had mine done. It listed "thousands of small blisters" on the hull. Thanks to JeffH and others I was able to do enough research and talk to some people in Oriental, NC who do blister repairs. I decided that I did not want to deal with this problem. You are looking at $10,000 at least to strip the hull properly and do the job.
There are plenty of boats out there that do not have blisters...I know because we found one.

Good Luck,
Keith
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