Answer to Peter Z


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Posted by Bengt Blomberg on June 22, 2000 at 17:36:52:

Hello Peter,
What you describes is common for laminates where fire retardent
resin has been used. Try to find out if this is the case.
Then any kind of repair that does not cost more than the value
of the boat is wasted money.
The only other possibility is, that the resin used was too old.
If the hull really is not soft the later is probably the reason.
Even here any "repair" especially epoxy or other "watershielding"
is wasted money. The hull will last longer without it.
Just check for softness at each drysetting by pressing the hull
against the supports. If the sides are visibly moving, you must
be careful not to hit anything when sailing and not pull the back
stage too hard. 5 - 10 years should be possible sea worthy period.
Wash the over water affected areas with a mild caustic soda once a month.
Regards Bengt



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