Hi again...the search continues for a boat suitable for world cruising; much has been learned, gas has been burned, budgets have been raised, and a short list has gotten shorter.
We have found one boat of particular interest: A beautifully done (almost) Corbin 39. It needs a bit more to be completed but what has been done is simply gorgeous.
It is a real gem (first launched in 04 with all new spars/rigging/sails, 200 hrs on motor
, only 2 great lakes
seasons under her belt, yadda yadda) but for one major concern....
She is covered with gel coat crazing. I mean really covered. The paint
on topsides and hull
still has quite a shine (4-6 yrs old?) but it looks like a Boston road map with the cracks. It is a bloody shame.
Looking at it closely I believe (as the owner claimed) that the crazing is due to over-thick gelcoat
, not from flexing (the boat is a brick $#@t house). Then the weather
up north, big temp swings, and super cold in winter, it just cracks the hell out of it.
WHAT ARE THE IMPLICATIONS OF THIS SEVERE CRAZING????
produced in '81
Sat till 99 before building it out began
In ccccold north
I am in love with this boat...a few months of hard work and I could have her finished to very high standards with fresh everything within what I feel is a reasonable budget
to end up with a well done well equipped Corbin 39.
BUT am I going to spend umpteen hours sanding
, priming, and painting only to have it craze again every couple years? Will I be sentenced to sand/prime/paint every 2 years as she continues to craze over her natural life (and mine)?
Anyone familiar with this phenomenon on these boats?
Saw a few typical Corbins (cruised hard and then neglected) but none of them were crazed like this "new" one....what gives?