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We are thinking about buying another project boat but this one has been sitting in the water untouched for at least 4 years with no diver, zinks and who knows how old the bottom paint is or if there is any bottom paint left on it.

Does anyone know what kind of damage can be done by leaving a boat like this for so long?

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Blisters

There was a survey done in 2005 and the boat did have blisters on the hull, do you think leaving it like it was could make the blisters worse?

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No serious damage to the hull is likely. However, in a bad case, achieving a really fair bottom for new paint (which the boat certainly needs) is going to require a lot of effort. Barnacle attachment spots and the hold-fasts from other shelled animals are PITA to remove. Blisters are another story and hopefully not a major issue on this boat.

Regarding the unattended running gear and thru-hulls; well, that can be a problem if the boat was unprotected by zinc anodes for a long time. A shaft and prop, strut and any bad thru-hulls (if they're bronze) will run you a few bucks to replace. Let's hope that no damage to those parts exists.
 
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