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new boat blisters?

1997 Catalina 320 hauled out in 1999 found blisters. Re-glassed by Catalina. Hauled in 2004 with no problems. Is this a safe buy, or should I worry about blisters in the future? Don't know what kind of blisters or where yet.
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Do you know what Catalina did when they re-glassed the hull in 1999? If they barrier coated the hull with either vinylester or epoxy resin, then it is probably just fine to purchase.

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i believe a gel coat was applied in 2004. not sure about other stuff in 1999, will get back to you.
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Can't answer your question about "safe buy "without fully understanding what was fixed, how.

I would continue to consider the boat IF the seller can provide full documentation regarding: evaluation of what the blister problem was and what repair was done and how. Such documentation should include written evaluation and pictures from a surveyor, yard work orders, and subequent bills and payments. If they can provide you this information, turn it over to your surveyor for his/her review as part of the survey, and only the surveyor should answer your question.

The blister repair may have permanently fixed a cosmetic condition, or it may have covered over a fundamental defect that will continue to re-appear. No one on this board will have the slightest idea which.
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Sailingfool is correct. Turn it over to a surveyor.
That being said, I have found Catalina's customer service to be beyond outstanding. It is quite possible they will tell you exactly what was done to the boat and why. They have helped me tremedously with my used '77. Again, turn the info over to a surveyor and contact Catalina for your own "back up" data.
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