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Old 14-10-2019, 15:09   #1
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Water logged fibreglass ?

Hello from Gulf Coast USA....I have a question. If an all fiberglass sailboat (no wood laminate) is halfway submerged in fresh water for ten years...could it be salvaged and used. ( I know it would take a lot of elbow grease, but it would be a freebie.)
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Re: Water logged fibreglass ?

The fiberglass MIGHT be ok. Anything else would likely be a total loss.

Remember before you go any further: The hull of the boat represents only about 10% of the cost of the build. So if you get the hull for FREE, you have only saved 10% of the cost of the boat.

What you propose is a slow and painful way to the poorhouse, and you are highly unlikely to end up with a useful boat at the end of it.

If you want a sailboat to actually go sailing in, buy a boat that is ready to sail. If your hobby is not sailing, but boat restoration, then sure, get a hulk and rebuild it. Do not expect to save money, or get out on the water any time soon.
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Old 19-10-2019, 03:10   #3
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Re: Water logged fibreglass ?

Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, down.
NO!
Boats like that are among the most expensive projects possible.
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Re: Water logged fibreglass ?

Nice bit of tough love, there, Gord! Way to go.

Now Down, it's up to you to *listen* to this very good advice, 'cause boy does Gord know his sh*t!

Run away! (From that "freebie-which-is-not-freebie" boat - not Gord.)

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Old 19-10-2019, 04:05   #5
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Re: Water logged fibreglass ?

Before we all condemn this potential project letís find out what it is? There is that 0.1% chance that she might be worth saving.......
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