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Is this hull patched?

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I inspected a used boat today and the boat has potential to consider making an offer, but I'm trying to determine if a mismatch in the gelcoat indicates a major repair was done on the hull.

If you look carefully at the exterior, there is a large area on the port side between the bootstripe and the gunwale, directly below the two large windows, where the gelcoat doesn't match the rest of the hull. When I looked behind the port settee, in this area, the fiberglass is quite irregular, and isn't painted like most of the rest of the interior of the hull. Am I correct to assume there was a major hull repair in this area?

The small wood blocks glassed to the hull support the settee seatback.

I requested a copy of the most recent survey, which I was told was from 2004. What do you think? If there was a major hull repair, I'm pretty reluctant to go forward with an offer.

several more full resolution photos are posted at the link below: there is one photo in this set showing "cracked" blue/grey paint inside the hull that is present almost everywhere else the hull is visible from the interior.

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If its just a superficial wound to the gel coat, the current appearance is not suprising. No matter how good the gel coat match, when it oxidizes it will not match the surrounding hull perfectly. Our boat has a repair. Looks great for about 4 months then the gel coat oxidizes a bit and its obvious there is a repair. Rub it out with light compound and wax and it is undectable until it oxidizes again. If it were below the water line, or where a bulkhead attaches I would be very concerned, if not, just have the surveyor check it over well and get a satisfactory explanation from seller.

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