Small pockmarks

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Posted by Michael Cooney on April 13, 2002 at 18:16:47:

I bought a small sailing cruiser last year, a van de Stadt Splinter 21. These were built with pigment in the hull above the waterline, but none below, giving a weird effect sailing without antifoul, as you could see right through the bottom ( more translucent than transparent). There was a theory that an unpigmented laminate was less likely to produce osmosis.I had a survey done and was told it was a very dry boat. It is 18 years old but spent the last few years on a trailer out of water. She is a starter boat, not expensive, ($3,000 plus the bits I did) and I cannot go spending hundreds more on treatment. Having spent last season concerning myself about new rigging etc, I decided this year to turn my attention to cosmetics. I polished the boat this morning, and now having lovely clean hull,I found something I had not seen before, an area of about 2' x 2' with a pattern of small random holes, from pinhead-size to 1 mm. Is this the dreaded ozzie? What can I do cheaply? I know of many boats locally with a lot of it, still sailing away merrily for years.

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