Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Barnegat Bay, NJ
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Drying Out Hull
I've had my Catalina 30 in the water since I bought her in July of '08, and I know she was stored in the water at least the three years prior to my purchase. All this time was in salt water.
When she was hauled for the pre-purchase survey and some minor repairs I had the yard put on a fresh coat of bottom paint and all was well. The surveyor found no problems with her bottom.
I'm hauling out this winter and I've had several people tell me that I'm overdue; and that you need to haul every second or third year to let the hull dry out.
Is there any truth to this? and if so how much water can fiberglass really absorb? (my last boat was a C22 that was stored on her trailer in the winter)
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“The sail, the play of its pulse so like our own lives: so thin and yet so full of life, so noiseless when it labors hardest, so noisy and impatient when least effective." - Henry David Thoreau