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Old 27-01-2012, 07:37   #1
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Blisters ... Damn ...

Are blisters a common thing?? Would it stop u from getting a boat.
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Old 27-01-2012, 08:17   #2
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Re: blisters.. damn..

From tiny to huge yes common. To learn about blisters in detail read the articles at Yachtsurvey.com Pascoe goes into blisters , repairs and what to watch for in detail.


http://yachtsurvey.com/BuyingBlisterBoat.htm
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Thanks I'm looking at another boat and not sure if that alone should stop me. I'll check the link out. Thanks.
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Old 27-01-2012, 13:10   #4
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Don't know if I'm any smarter but I know a whole lot more about blisters now.
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Old 27-01-2012, 14:39   #5
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Re: Blisters.. Damn ...

No, it wouldn't stop me (and it didn't) but it would effect what I am willing to pay for the boat in question. Get 2 quotes for a blister repair job with barrier coat, bottom paint etc and use that to adjust your offer price. Even if you are planning on DIY, get 2 written quotes to submit to the seller should he/she balk at your offer.
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Just got threw reading the survey and its pretty bad. Rudder is saturated and delaminating. Blisters and two foot of deck rot near a chain plate. Sad thing is the boat looks fine.
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Ouch. Sounds like blisters are the least of this boats problem. No worries, plenty of other boats out there and you now have a bit more boat education to help you find the right one.
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Yea... Keep looking.
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guess not. I should have just rented a peeler.
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No, it wouldn't stop me (and it didn't) but it would effect what I am willing to pay for the boat in question. Get 2 quotes for a blister repair job with barrier coat, bottom paint etc and use that to adjust your offer price. Even if you are planning on DIY, get 2 written quotes to submit to the seller should he/she balk at your offer.
I wouldn't stop either, but I'd subtract the repair cost from the offer price.

Regarding rot at the chain plates, if it's wood just cut it out and replace.
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Are blisters a common thing?? Would it stop u from getting a boat.

Depends on how bad they are. Mine had three small blisters and was a non-issue for me. But if they're bad -- I have heard more than one expert say they take six months to dry out to the point that they won't come back.

That's a long time to have your boat out of water.
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Re: Blisters ... Damn ...

Minor blisters alone would not stop me. A major case and other things of that nature, (delam, wet core etc ) definitely would. Life's to short to deal with that crap!
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Re: Blisters ... Damn ...

I wouldn't purchase a boat with a blister problem. Boats have enough maintainence issues without adding blisters to the list. I have no way of valuing a yacht that has blisters. Buying it is easy. When it comes time to sell it, you have a major problem because it will sell at a significant discount.
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Re: Blisters ... Damn ...

If you look at boats older than a certain vintage, Pre-Vinyl Ester, they will almost certainly have blisters. In the early days it was not understood how bad dry layup could be. Polyester was especially bad for this. Certain makers are also known for blister problems. You may find only gel coat tiny blisters. These are small and easy to fix but usually in great quantity. Real serious delamination is a deal breaker. If you decide to get one of these I suggest you simply plan to have it peeled or diy. The standard procedure in the north is to peel in the fall and let it stand bare all winter. There are good epoxy resurfacing programs and you can do this yourself but it is a lot of work. We were out of water for three years but our refit included way more than a new bottom. I think that in the present economy there are a lot of recent vintage good boats available. A restoration needs to be a labor of love for some eye-popping classic. You will not likely get your money back out of it. I noticed last season that fully half of the boats stored at Torresens in Muskegon did not go in. Many are available.

Mahina Expedition - Selecting A Boat for Offshore Cruising I listened to a few lectures by the Neals in Chicago at the sail show in January. They offer a service to help locate the boat to best suit your offshore needs. Perhaps you might find it useful.
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Re: Blisters ... Damn ...

means nothing from what we know. A bad barrier coat will blister. Looks like tiny blisters. Something is reacting but you have not provided enough information. You want to know the laminate profile resin used a good surveyor should be able to expand on there are blisters. I would worry more about that chainplate and whats going on there.
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