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Valiant 32 problem with Fire Retardant in resin.

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I have just viewed a Valiant 32 in the Med, a 1979 boat with blisters on the superstructure, but couldn't find any on the hull.
A surveyor has told me that the problem fire retardant is normally only used on the superstructure, is this correct?
Also, what is the method for removing the topsides blisters?
Any help or advice you can give will be most welcome.
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Re: Valiant 32 problem with Fire Retardant in resin.

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Re: Valiant 32 problem with Fire Retardant in resin.

Why would you worry about blisters on the cabin structure? They are mostly just a cosmetic issue. Valiant 32 is a good boat.

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Re: Valiant 32 problem with Fire Retardant in resin.

Two replies, contradicting each other. Which one is correct?
What about rectification of the problem, (probably by me, as a boatyard would be too expensive)?
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Re: Valiant 32 problem with Fire Retardant in resin.

You will hear a lot of different opinions about blisters in fiberglass boats. Lots has been written about it on the internet, including this site. IMO there are some cases of blisters in the hull that can lead to potentially serious structural problems, but most blisters in the hull are just a cosmetic issue or surface roughness that leads to minimal loss of speed. Blisters in the deck and cabin superstructure are different, as they are above water level, so if a leak was to develop, you would detect it quickly, same with any potential structural weakness (you are walking on it all the time).
Fixing is quite simple: dry, sand, fill in with thickened epoxy, sand down, paint. No great mystery here and also much has been written about it on the net.

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Thanks for your opinion and advice, looks as if I might buy the boat, as I think that the price is right. Just waiting for a full survey report to see what it contains, might be very interesting.
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Re: Valiant 32 problem with Fire Retardant in resin.

if this model is known for it's blisters and it is still called good boat. then what are the boats that do not get blisters called?
best way to eliminate the blisters on a boat that you are looking at is to hit the delete key.
you will be forever fixing them. the boat is not going to get any younger. the older they get the faster they form.
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Re: Valiant 32 problem with Fire Retardant in resin.

Although this article references the V-40, it may help you.
Valiant 40 Sailboat Review | Cruising World

Edit:
Also, here's some discussion of the matter on smaller Valiants, on the SSCA forums:
http://forum.ssca.org/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=2514

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Re: Valiant 32 problem with Fire Retardant in resin.

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if this model is known for it's blisters and it is still called good boat. then what are the boats that do not get blisters called?
They are called great boats.

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Re: Valiant 32 problem with Fire Retardant in resin.

The Hetron resin that caused Valiants problems can cause extreme blistering deep into the laminate - it can be quite a different matter than the surface cosmetic type blisters we all know and love.
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