I went and looked at a 1974 Hunter
25 today. The interior
is mint, the standing rigging
is new, the sails
are excellent. Now here are the problems:
The boat hasn't been sailed since 2009, nor has it been out of the water
There are some through cracks in the cockpit
seats but they are located in the hinged seat that covers the storage
area below, they do not lead to the interior
of the boat. I think the small cracks, less than 1/2 wide can ve covered on the bottom with 8 oz glass, then filled using fiberglass
filler material (micro spheres and epoxy) and covering with another layer of 8 oz glass cloth and resin.
, (dark blue) has cracks in the gel coat starting at the toe plate and heading down toward the water
line (not touching the water), every 4 to 6 inches, some as long as 12 inches. I tapped some of the locations with a screwdrive handle and the hull
sounds solid in the areas I tapped. I am ASSuming that the entire gelcoat
covering the hull is shot and will need to be removed and re-done. I am also ASSuming that the cracking is 1. because of the age of the boat and 2. because of the dark color.
Since I have built 2 wooden boats and covered the hulls with 4 oz fiberglass
, I am by no means an expert on fiberglass or gelcoats. So, are my conclusions valid and does anyone have a ballpark figure of the cost to have this work done? I can get the boat for around $3,000 and I plan to use it for weekend overnighting and daysailing.