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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2003 8:21 am 
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What are the best steps you can take to prevent the dreaded delamination of your hulls?

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2003 9:39 am 
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When the boat is on the beach don't use the hulls as a seat or as a step.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2003 9:53 am 
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locate and repair any significant leaks quickly

allow hulls to dry out well between uses.(I trailer home with the plugs out, then put the plugs back in but not screwing in all the way...just enough to keep wasps out)


keep an eye on any damaged or worn spots.... if there are fiberglass fibers exposed they'll wick the water into your hulls.


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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2003 10:39 am 
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So from what you're saying, the major cause of delamination is from water and not UV?

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2003 11:15 am 
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Also there seems to be some years of production that handle "soft spots" more than others.

Here in Saudi Arabia, with extreme UV, we always insert inspection ports in our hulls and leave them open to allow the hulls to breathe, therefore dry and we have very little, if any, "soft hull" problems.

But at another nearby club, a Hobie 16 was left with water in a hull and the bungs fitted, then with the extreme heat the inside of the hull must have been like a steambath and destroyed all the foam between the hull sides....the decks were OK.

Also we have a Hobie 16 and a Hobie 17 fitted with Comptips and both are around 10 years old, never covered, always in the sun and shown absolutley no sign of UV damage.

Happy Sailing

Nige


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 29, 2003 5:58 pm 
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Right- keep the hulls as dry as possible- inspection ports off in hot weather. Patch the beaching wear with gelcoat or resin. Exposed fiberglass is NOT waterproof. Gelcoat is better. Boats left in the water need a protective coating, not usually an issue with beach cats.


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