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One more thing about blisters. We bought our boat in January while it was below freezing. We had a surveyor who used a moisture meter, he did not find blisters. We found a few later on and ground then down etc. After we had the bottom blasted it became evident that we had more blisters. We bought a moisture meter and low and behold in warmer weather there were many more. After the peeling we found the bottom was covered with small blisters some of which went quite deep. The bottom is as thick as 1" in some places, its a good thing it is. I suggest you not be so cavalier about the bottom. It may be fine but don't assume you can take care of it yourself. Find out where the boat has been. If it was kept in the water year round for many years expect blisters. Our boat was a live aboard for 8 years in the Chesapeake.
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I will ask where it has been and how long it has been in the water. I saw some evidence that it needs a good bottom cleaning but a good sail would help it out a lot more.
I am anything but cavalier but blisters but it seems they are part of the game we play wanting a good boat at a reasonable cost these days.
Did you repair the blisters yourself or have a professional do it to the hull?
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You're right, blisters are hard to avoid. I just wish we knew more before we bought our boat, we would have kept looking. Right now the boat is in Portland ME drying out. We have someone doing the work for us. It was more than we could handle. Fortunately, we had an unexpected inheritance at just the right time to help pay for this, especially since the damage was much worse than expected.
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Well I went and saw the boat today. I got into it and the wood and craftsmanship is amazing. I made them an offer and I think they will take it. The inside sold the boat to me.
The cushions are all in good shape the cabinets and wood are pristine. I will have to fix a couple of small woodworking issues but nothing major and I will need to replace all the inside lights. The head needs to be upgraded as well.
The owners are going to clean the inside of the boat and scrape the hull before I buy it. The boat was donated to a charity and I cannot believe the price they want for it.
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Good luck on the purchase and new boat. Post photos when you can.

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God luck with her. I hope you have many years of smooth sailing.
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