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while redoing the interior of the cabin i pulled out all that awful fuzzy fabric stuff on the hull to make it more spiffy. anyway, after the stuff was out, i noticed a few spots in the glass where a lot more light is coming in. i can only think that the PO banged into something. while not holed, im concerened that this should be shored up, but dont know the best way to do it. can i just lay up some glass on the inside of the boat? it would be infinitely eaiser than doing it from the outside, but i wanna do it right. the pic is an example of one i found in the quarter b. sorry its so dark... el telephono no flasho...
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Without better photos it is hard to say what the issue is. It could be something as simple as the gelcoat was thinner at that spot or that there was a hole drilled there and then just quickly patched over... or any other number of reasons there is some variance in the hull light transmission. Have you inspected the hull at that point??
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ill check tonight, and get a photo that doesnt stink. IIRC, there is no noticable blemish on the outside, so you very well may be right about simple inconsistency in the materials.
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The little dots look like holes for old hardware filled with thickened epoxy. I just made some of those little dots in my boat last weekend...
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I don't think it is a problem unless the outside shows damage. With the liner off on my hull I can see the same in many places and my hull has not been damaged and the white gelcoat is intact. Except for the gelcoat fiberglas is very translucent.
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I had similar issues and moment of panic when I looked up towards the deck and forward towards the bow through the anchor locker a couple of weeks back (it's accessed in the v-berth).

I went outside and had my girlfriend inside guiding me to the "light" spots.. no difference in strength or mushiness compared to the rest of the hull and deck so I've chalked it up to thin gelcoat like sailingdog suggested.

I wouldn't be too worried unless it's apparent the location was a patch job.
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