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Re: When is a dirty bottom hopeless
Thanks folks. This is the kind of input I was looking for. I do wonder about the hazardous waste question. I am also worried about laminate penetration, delam or blisters. My research confirms as FarCry says that these hulls are solid glass and well built. My intent in working first with a diver is not to have the hull cleaned (necessarily) but rather to get his assessment of the situation. I have several experienced divers to choose from here. But prepurchase I do want a diver to give me his assessment.
If I get assurances that convince from a diver and move forward with the purchase, my next move would be to have pros do the bottom. A local yard actually is running a special on bottom jobs until end of February that involves free haul/return and first gallon of paint for a two coat ($19/ft) contract job. So my thought is a diver is my next step. I am thinking that if he finds lots of hard growth (versus sludge and barnacles) down under that I am looking at a deal breaker. Either way I will be very cautious to clarify this aspect of the boat before I get anywhere near a purchase decision.
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