First time poster, long time lurker.
10 years ago, I purchased a J/22. "It was the best day of my life." The boat is now 31 years old and the list of mistakes
I made could fill a book – here are some of the highlights:
1) Bought a boat far from home (inland east coast) with insufficient research
and a questionable surveyor
(no moisture meter)
2) Committed to the purchase
sight unseen and was blinded by the prospect of ownership
3) Doubled the cost of the boat making repairs/changes
4) Used VC Performance Epoxy
on a boat that would not be dry sailed (even though it's in fresh water)
So here we are after spending next to nothing since I brought the boat home with issues that can no longer be ignored. It's time to pay the piper.
1) Wet sailing a boat with the wrong bottom paint
probably accelerated osmosis
damage. The finish is literally peeling off the bottom down to the glass
intrusion over the years and REALLY cold inside winter storage
has resulted in finish cracks and peeling – the water
that got in froze and popped the finish
3) Bottom paint
used by a PO on the keel
and not removed before application of VC made a mess of the keel
– the high build VC is coming off in chunks the size of my hand
So, the PO may have put some lipstick on a pig with a bottom job just before I bought it. The transom was wet, there was a 1+ square foot bump on the portside bow, the chainplates suffered from water intrusion, etc. That all got fixed before I brought the boat home but it was done in the winter, outside, at a mid-atlantic yard that was highly recommended and (of course) the low bidder. My instructions to the yard were "I want this boat to be competitive enough that if I don't win races, it's my problem, not the boats." They did what I asked.
I'm 1,000 miles from a real boatyard, can't even find someone local with a moisture meter. I'm jonesing because splashing the boat will only extend the drying time necessary to cure the osmosis
, the bottom probably needs to be peeled and after lurking on this and other websites I find myself lacking the money
, skills, tools and a space to fix it all.
The west and gulf coasts likely have the yards closest to me with the infrastructure and skills needed to cure my boats ills over the coming winter and significantly shrink my retirement
account. I have no desire to replace it with another boat (better the devil you know) and am open to suggestions. Please note the black on the keel is not VC Tar but appears to be an older bottom paint
that should have been removed prior to refinishing the keel long ago, it sands off easily and doesn't foul the paper. The green in the photos is VC Watertite. Thanks in advance for your input.