Minaret is the screen
name of someone on this board that seems to know what he is talking about in things like this.
My take on it, is all boats in the age and price
range your looking at will have problems, finding what they are is the key, only then you can make an informed decision. I don't worry so much about what I find, I worry about what I may have missed. You have to ask yourself why any bargain boat you find, is a bargain.
I think a lot of money
has been made on blisters
, and maybe if your talking to a real reputable yard, they only absolute guarantee a full peel, so they only quote and do that, or maybe they are there to make money
I'm hoping that in 27 yrs (my boat here) that it finally got some areas of .25' blisters
, it's either a very new thing, caused by the 2 yr old bottom job that had a barrier coat, maybe put on top of a wet hull
, or at least the progression is essentially nil.
I'm surprised no one has asked what the "water" that came out when you popped one smelled like, I was under the impression that if it had a strong vinegar smell, that that was osmosis
Was this a Northern boat until recently? Also I believe you can only see blisters or pox right when a boat is pulled, that often they just go away if left to dry on stands even for a short while, so how can you tell about a boat on the hard
? I've not heard, never buy a boat that is on the hard
I've heard from many that the small 'pox" like blisters that are segregated into areas, mine cover about 25% of the hull
total are nothing to worry about and are an easy fix.
I sure hope so anyway.