Re: Lifespan for fiberglass yacht for charter


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Posted by B.B. on February 14, 2005 at 07:03:41:

In Reply to: Lifespan for fiberglass yacht for charter posted by Dave Heaton on February 14, 2005 at 07:00:53:

Posted by Bengt Blomberg on February 29, 2004 at 12:18:50:
In Reply to: Lifespan of fibreglass yacht for chartering posted by Dave Heaton on February 26, 2004 at 05:04:07:
Hello Dave,
you are asking questions which can not get straight answers. I can tell, that a large percentage of that size hulls are badly affected from hydrolysis and most of them far from sufficient repaired.
Buying one you must first be absolutely assured that it has not been "repaired" before or have got any kind of "water barrier" coating. Avoid all such cases!!!
When a suitable yacht is found, perform a thorough moisture meassurement with a Skipper instrument. If areas are found where scale 2 shows more than middle of the yellow field, test holes as described in many answers in this forum must be drilled into some of those areas and be tested for acid or eventual delaminations.
If you get acid readings, look for another object!
If the owner does not allow drilling, look for another object!
Regards Bengt

: Posted by Dave Heaton on February 26, 2004 at 05:04:07:
: I'm thinking of buying a fibreglass yacht (say 68ft or thereabouts). How many years can I expect it to stay in good enough condition for me to be able to charter it out, assuming I spend some of the income on proper maintenance? What effect will osmosis have on its appearance and performance?
: All thoughts gratefully received before I take the plunge!




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