72 pearson little spider cracks in hull
We bought a 1972 Pearson, love her and never want to sell her. We are retired and everything about her, we love, and are willing to put money, time, care into her for us and our children and grandchildren. With that in mind, we need some direction.
When we had her soda-blasted in 2008, the gentleman found extensive blisters, brought in an honest surveyor and the decision was made that the water was not that much. She is a center cockpit 390, 39 long, 13ft beam. Beautiful lines.
We had her hand sanded to remove the blisters and I presume by such removed much of the hard coat. I don't know that much, and knew much less at the time.
She was "refared", and painted with a gray, two-part paint, which he referred to as her hard coat. Several coats, I believe. He is reputable, and used all name brand products. We have pictures of the work as it was done.
The deck was soft in several spots, and he opened those up, replaced the balsa? wood, and again, I have pictures of the products and the work.
The hull was painted with an ablative paint, several coats, and everything seemed hunky dory. We then replaced the sole with teak and maple, and continued to upgrade her to our retirement standards, for grandchildren and ourselves. She is beautiful
This spring, we are on Long Island Sound, CT side, we noticed small spider cracks in several spots in the hull (they are darker green and easy to see). We have pictures. A fiberglass "expert" at the marina put a meter on her and found readings of 12 where the cracks were, (not through cracks, remember, spidery), and did percussion tests. Above waterline, the number was 0, at other spots below waterline, the number varied from the 12 at the cracks (there are four spots - all four where heavy ribs are - we can see it internally), and the percussions tests made the sounds of empty everywhere but where the cracks show.
In her previous life, she has circumnavigated the globe several times, and settled into happiness down in the Caribbean.
We are desperate for good knowledge, and really not looking for a beating - we love the boat (her name is Will You Go), which tells a lot, and have no intention of abandonment, but only want to proceed to have her live "forever." Although we are not experienced sailors, we have been around boats all our lives, and all eight children own some form of boat - power, freshwater, and racing.
Thank you for your help. I remain deeply indebted.