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04-30-2008 01:06 AM
artbyjody
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Do you guys thimk the hull will just break apart one day if the blisters aren't fixed.. ?

If you do not get them fixed - the cosmetic blisters can get bigger or spread. Most people think fiberglass itself doesn't suck up water - but it does and all those little strands exposed - eventually will suck up water like a sponge. If you intend on keeping her - you'll want to at least address it perhaps in the fall when the season is over.

Will your boat sink as it stands - probably not unless you let the issue continue for years and no attempt to fix is made.... But if the blisters are severe enough - it will make fixing the issue slightly more work later.
04-30-2008 12:57 AM
sailbot They were piled up on shore and workers with chainsaws started cutting them into pieces (if you want to see the saddest sight of all, that is it). Anyway, I noted the amount of effort that went into cutting these boats apart. Once the job was done, I went and inspected the cuts of fiberglass and the pieces. I can say one thing - across the cut fiberglass on these boats looked nice, green, dense and most certainly had shown no signs of weakness.

Wow Brak thats encouraging . As far as fixing blisters goes It would only be for saftey, I dont care about cosmetics under the water line, and I really not that concerned about resale ( It would be like selling your own child) I want to hold on to my Crown for while, and between you and me I didnt pay that much for her anyway.
Do you guys thimk the hull will just break apart one day if the blisters aren't fixed.. ?
04-30-2008 12:21 AM
Lancerbye Had a few blisters on mine when I bought it a few years back. Last spring I had the boat hauled the blisters professionally repaired, the bottom resealed with an epoxy sealer and new antifouling paint applied. The surveyor at the time of purchase told me that the slight pox problem was not a real problem and repairing the blisters were not necessary other than to increase the value and give me peace of mind.
04-30-2008 12:12 AM
sailaway21 Keep it out of the water and you'll be fine.
04-30-2008 12:01 AM
Fstbttms
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Hi Everybody, I have a 1973 Crown 23 footer. I love this little boat and was wondering how long before the fiberglass is no longer safe.
Nobody knows for sure because the first fiberglass boats ever built are still around and going strong. It's probably safe to say that properly maintained, your boat will outlast you.
04-30-2008 12:00 AM
brak I have a slightly larger and slightly older boat. She has her issues, but I certainly think fiberglass is not one of them. As a sign of my confidence, I keep upgrading her and spending money on stuff, and I certainly hope to keep sailing her as long as possible.

Time will tell, of course, but I am guessing you have at least one more year Mine is 1972.

A year or so ago at a marina I used to stay owner had a number of old abandoned sailboats reposessed and disposed of. May be 3 or 4 old hulls, in 23-29 foot range, all looked like they were build in 70s. They were certainly neglected for many years and all their equipment was thoroughly rusted, rotten etc. They were piled up on shore and workers with chainsaws started cutting them into pieces (if you want to see the saddest sight of all, that is it). Anyway, I noted the amount of effort that went into cutting these boats apart. Once the job was done, I went and inspected the cuts of fiberglass and the pieces. I can say one thing - across the cut fiberglass on these boats looked nice, green, dense and most certainly had shown no signs of weakness. Cutting it apart was clearly a tough job. And this was universally applicable to these few boats of different makes and models. So, in my personal (completely unprofessional and unqualified ) opinion - fiberglass isn't what destroys boats. It would appear to be the last thing to go.
04-29-2008 11:45 PM
Sailormann
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Has any body just left Blisters alone for years ?
Yes - it is a fairly common act amongst lazy or uneducated boaters.
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I'de love to find out if I can get away with out fixing them.
Get away from what ? Safety? Security ? Seaworthiness ? Resale value ?
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In My small mind if there are no rottable materials inside the hull (she's solid glass)
I am absolutely NOT going to share any of the caustic, sarcastic comments that spring to mind here regarding possible alternative locations of the rottable materials...
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A saturated hull should theoretically be viable.
Nope.
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or maybe I'm just dreaming...
Thanks for your thoughts on this it means a lot to me...
Get up, fix the blisters.

You're welcome
04-29-2008 11:24 PM
sailbot Has any body just left Blisters alone for years ? I'de love to find out if I can get away with out fixing them. In My small mind if there are no rottable materials inside the hull (she's solid glass) , A saturated hull should theoretically be viable. or maybe I'm just dreaming...
Thanks for your thoughts on this it means a lot to me...
04-29-2008 09:06 PM
Plumper I think a large portion of the boating world is waiting to hear what happens if blisters are just left alone. I have a blister problem but I am going to address it next fall.
04-29-2008 08:52 PM
sailbot Hey thats good news, can anybody comment a hull where Blisters are not repaired..What would eventually happen to the hull. I am debating just not fixing the blisters and letting nature take its course.
Can someone comment on what I would see as the hull became more and more saturated with water ?
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