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Hull Distorted?

After sitting on stands for quite a while my hull has indentions where the pads where. What is the best way to get the proper shape back. They are below the waterline and the boat is 25 years old. Would it even matter? I will only be doing weekend cruising speed not that important. This will be part of a greater restoration project. Thanks in advance
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Don't worry...it will probably come back to where it was in time.
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What/who is the boat manufacturer?

Older Pearson (Grumman) 1970s P30, P26 hulls etc. would deform if not not blocked properly. They would take some time to lose the deformation when back in the water. Solid layup hulls will 'recover', cored hulls may have problems in recovery back to 'shape'. Boats layed-up from 2 half-hull sections have 'another' problem.

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What's the boat? ID please
Yes...and your photo too....

What do you think this is??? Post a question and no photos of you and the boat???
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McVay Design 1982 Victoria 26 only 22 or so were made. Same builder as the Victoria 18

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Fiberglass is pretty good at recovering its previous shape provided the laminate hasn't been damaged. How distorted is the hull at the pad indentations??? Photos would be really helpful.
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The size is approximately the size of the pad on the stands, 4 @ 9" x 12" +/-. depth is 1/8" to 1/4" ? I've just taken possession of the boat and don't have pic's yet.
I'm new to this so please forgive me if this seems trivial. I'm just getting to this project this week.
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Had my 21' Cal on boat stands all winter. Moved 'em around a bit to paint the bottom. Same thing as you. I was dismayed to see indentation of about 1/2-3/4" at pads. Moved stands, and within a day, back to normal. Boat has a solid fiberglass hull. I had to lower my swing keel to work on it during this time, if I'd kept it retracted and supported underneath, I think that it would not have indented as much. The ideal way to support the boat is with blocking under the keel to take the weight, with the boat stands stabilizing.

I wouldn't worry unless I saw crazing of the gel-coat or glas.
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The ideal way to support the boat is with blocking under the keel to take the weight, with the boat stands stabilizing.
Don't you mean "the almost" ideal way ??????

What about this method bellow, where the keel doesn't even touch the ground and the boat is perfectly seated?




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