Hull Work


I decided to take Soul Balladeer’s hull down to the gelcoat in order to prep the lady for 4 coats of barrier epoxy and two coats of antifoul paint. The gelcoat was very smooth so it was difficult for any other coating to adhere to it .

The hull was sandblasted and the crew is now sanding with 40 grit before putting on the barrier coat.

Two years ago I had any visible blisters ground out and filled with epoxy so the only blisters on the hull now are tiny ones. Nevertheless, we are dealing with them once and for all so SB will be blister free for many, many years to come.

 

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3 thoughts on “Hull Work

  1. helipilot212 says:

    Gel coat is a bitch to get things to stick to it. There are primers that work with etching…but sounds like you’ve got the best long term sol’n

    Attached , a couple of pics of one I did for Alberto…The other side was even worse…complete delamination…

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  2. Joe Semon says:

    Left my boat in Port Canaveral in 1999, had just purchased it and having to go back to work, left it in the hands of the former Commodore of the Cocoa Beach Yacht Club. A hurricane came through and the boat had to be hauled. My buddy called me and said, man you got some bad blistering going on. He arranged for a gelcoat peel while I was away and 4 or so months later I came back.
    There was a guy in the yard that had his boat peeled as well but he had a grand plan to use a high tech product he sells on his own boat. The product was called Ceramco, an expoxy with ceramic material in it that made it indestructable, he was selling it to Disney for their boats and recommeded I try it on my boat. So I went for it and sailed away a month later to Wilmington NC. A year or so later, I had my boat hauled and once again had blister issues, the ceramco failed. So the boat got another peel job only this one cost me twice as much because the blades on the planers were being destroyed by the ceramco.
    The yard put a reputable barrier coat on the hull and it hasn’t failed in over a dozen years. The hull layup on the HC’s is immense and the peel job if needed, won’t affect it.

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