[QUOTE=Ex-Calif;944939]I have been waiting and waiting for the other shoe to drop. You have done a great job raising awareness. I just haven't figured out what course of action you propose or recommend?
Peel off some layers during surveys?
My plastic boat and nine others like it were laid up in the early 80s - mine is an 81. They have all stayed in the waters of Singapore
for 31 years. These are not dry sailed boats and they are all the exact same model. Mine has some bubbles above the coping near the cockpit
. Have been there since I bought the boat 6 years ago. I have anti-fouled 3-4 times and the bottom is as solid as a rock.
All I am saying is the thing missing in all the analysis is that some boats get sick and some boats don't and probably never will - to the point that they are at risk of sinking. If mone did I would scrap it. Nothing lasts forever, even plastic.[/
Not according to the chemists. ALL boats will get sick...it's just a question of when. Hydrolysis is occuring on EVERY fiberglass
boat.....just some are imperceptable.
But like the cancer analogy....many researchers claim that ALL men
would die of prostate cancer if they lived long enough...but many die of something else first as sarafina pointed out.
Now again I'm gonna prove that I'm not all about screaming panic...heck...if you keep your boat out of the water
...it won't hydrolyze at all...
I'm gonna worry less about my boat not only because I plan to keep my boat in warm/cool waters by following the moderate weather
north and south. I don't plan on letting it sit in hot, southern canals or harbors where hydrolysis runs wild. That was one of my early statements...that's it's certain conditions that are worth noting WAY more than the general run of the mill boat.
So yes...if your boat SEEMS sound...and you aren't parked in hot water
all year or pull it every season...sleep a little easier. If not...be aware of what you can't see.