Originally Posted by Karmacal
I hope these pictures shed some light on what I am dealing with. I see nothing to b worried about. I know ignorance is bliss
and this is what I am trying to save.
Short Answer = All looks good to me
Long answer = My reading is that the hull inside was coated with some sort of paint
- probably something "anti-condensation" (back in the 70's etc that very much in vogue) which doubled as simply tidying things up (for a time when many prospective owners did look in all the nooks and crannies - rather than just in the brochure
Obviously that coating no longer in showroom condition - but nothing to worry about, especially as probably didn't do much of a job on anti-condensation even when new! The fussy amongst us may want to slap some paint
(bilge paint?) on, but as out of sight then not needed.....unless she smells a bit mouldy, then the answer is a good scrub and maybe then some paint (the plus to that is makes it easier to spot any leaks
or anything else that has changed).
The daylight shining through is likely just where the paint (and rub rail / rubbing strake) has fallen off
, but IMO that not anything to worry about as the deck appears to be attached to the hull on the inside (and not just via the external rubbing strake) - and from what I can see has been done pretty well (with no gelcoat
or paint on Fibreglass is fairly translucent, indeed I have a couple of hatches on mine made out of solid fibreglass, a bit over an 1/8th of an inch thick - and can be stood on - where the centre of the panel has been left unpainted (and with no gelcoat) to allow light in down below, from above the hatch
looks solid but from down below lets in a surprising amount of light.
What that means is whatever you do on the outside is not really structural
, which gives you some leeway so that your "fix" is mostly about ensuring that the rubbing strake doesn't simply fall off. ideally when also used as a bumper
- but that more on the wish list rather than a strict requirement! (just avoid bumping into stuff
Indeed, a few nice touchs on the boat that suggest to me that the builders put some thought into her build rather than just banging out the cheapest design they possibly could - that probably means that the company has long since gone broke
. But if I was being hyper critical, would suggest that some of those deck fittings should have backing plates
rather than just nuts and washers under the deck - but if they don't leak and given the age of the vessel I would leave well alone. Certainly that chain plate
to the bulkhead has not been skimped on
Oh, and just to say to anyone else (?!) reading this thread - although I seem to have adopted this boat
(Kidnapped this thread?
) am happy enough for others to chip in - despite appearances to the contrary (on this thread and others) I don't in fact know everything about everything
.....perhaps something for OP to also bear in mind