Originally Posted by mike toynton
After putting an offer on a 1980 Corbin 39 that had recently been painted the surveyor tells me that the deck is 80 percent wet.
The owner and broker tell me that the deck is fine and that false moisture readings occur due to recent paint. Entire boat repainted also new Awlgrip on the decks.
I am meeting with the owner, broker and the company that painted the boat next week.
Any advice ,help would be greatly appreciated
OK, lets look at this logically.
Q1: Is a 38 year old boat likely to be in “Perfect” condition.
Q2: Why has the deck of a 38 year old boat been painted?
A2: Because it was deteriorated or had some repairs
completed, and someone chose paint over gelcoat
. (Bad idea IMHO, but quite common.)
Q3: What is the likely hood
a 38 year old boat, without prior core
repair, has a high moisture reading somewhere in the deck?
Q4: Since most bedding materials hav a life expectancy of 15 +/- 5 years, and few boats have resin potted deck fitting mounting holes, from the factory, and few owners within 10 years of purchase
, remove all deck fittings, resin pot the mounting holes, and rebed the fittings, very highly likely.
Q5: Does a high moisture reading necessarily mean that there is core rot
and the boat should be passed on, if all else is good?
A5: Not normally. A deck can have moisture in it (in fact most over 20 years old do) and can be perfectly sound. If the issue is caught early and moisture ingress stopped before core damage occurs, it may live forever like that and be perfectly fine.
Even if there is some core damage that requires repair, on. 38 year old boat, this is not too surprising.
If one had 2 absolutely identical boats, one with low deck readings and one with high, everything else equal, I would choose the one with low.
One important question to ask is how large is the wet area?
Radiating 3” from a deck fitting is a minor repair that takes a coulple hours. Both side and gore decks and entire coach roof, that’s a completely different story.
Q6: Is cured Awlgrip electrically conductive, such that it may fool a moisture meter?
A6: Most colours, especially a shade of white, NO. Some colours and all metallics, YES.
Listen to the surveyor. If less than 100% confident in their competence, make your offer conditional on inspection
by a Marine
Fibreglass composite expert.
A small wet section of sound deck, shouldn’t necessarily quash a deal. It should result in a FMV price
reduction, everything else equal, amount dependent on size and severity.