Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Narragansett Bay
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Rep Power: 15
When buying my Nauticat, my surveyor - through exploratory and random scraping - uncovered several pinhead sized osmotic blisters, scattered throughout the bottom. Although very tiny, he recommended repair.
I received an estimate for the work through the seller's boatyard and used this number to renegotiate the selling price - subsequently hiring them to do the work.
Throughout the upcoming winter, the masts were unstepped and the boat was hauled into a heated paint shed. Starting with removal of all bottom paint with Peel-away, a crew grinded out all the blisters. The hull was then tented with plastic sheeting, taped above the boot stripe and secured to the concrete slab, which was radiant heated.
After allowing the hull to dry out for several weeks, until acceptable moisture meter readings were reached, the hull was then faired smooth with many gallons of fairing compound. Interlux Interprotect 3000. an epoxy barrier coat, was then sprayed on in several coats, exceeding mfr recommendations. The finished surface, smooth as new gel coat, was then prepped to receive my application of three coats of bottom paint.
Upon the recent inspection of the hull by the new owner's surveyor - four years later, the surveyor praised my decision to do this work, stating it added immensely to the boat's value.
True Blue . . .
sold the Nauticat