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fiberglass blisters

i bought a irwin 38 mk1 from 1971, the boat sat in the water for at least 10 years with the hull being scraped yesterday she was haul out of the water and yep the hull is full of blisters at a guess 0ver into the mid hundreds , the do it your self yard workshop boss kindly looked at it and said that the best way was to get a company in that wood sand the hull all the way back and rebuild it the price was around $5500 or he sail was to sand the hull my self and then let the boat stand for 3 months or so to let it dry out , he did say that next year i would have blisters but not so many, has any one been there ,i am at the point were if its better to sell and spare the money , the boat is in a poor condition needing alot of work ,
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Have the bottom sand blasted and let it sit til late May or so. Fill the pockmarks with Interlux Watertite, sand and fair, and put five coats of Interprotect on. I'll bet the boat will be Ok for years.
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How big are the blisters? How deep are the blisters? If the blisters are just in the gelcoat, do what Sailingfool recommends. If they're deeper in the laminate, you have a problem...and I doubt you'd be able to sell the boat.
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I was told once that blisters have never sunk a boat. It's really unlikely that the hull will totally delaminate. If you're not sure the boat is worth repair, roll on some bottom paint and stick it back in the water.
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Thats what i say Too, Just forget about it, Ive had blisters for years and when i first sam em on 1st pull out I stressed and stressed, until some old timer said "forget about it" now Im the old timer saying forget about it, you'll be fine, your ole girl aint gonna sink, it might slow down a little, with all that water in the hull, but she aint going down..promise
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Dont know much about blisters, but good lord! That has got to be the longest run-on sentence I have ever seen.
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