Anybody have any idea how long this will take to dry out? I'll
sand nearly all the gelcoat off.
BTW, this is classic 'boat pox" blisters. The PDO (actually, the
one before that) painted over the blisters with bottom paint.
Therefore, the old blisters are filled with red paint, the new ones
simply drop out as a hole down to the fiberglass. The bow is the
most critical area for a race boat. It is also the most common
place for blister problems. There is a big gash in the leading
edge about 2" by 3/4" where the trailer, or a rock, or jet ski knocked
off the gelcoat. That one area let water under the gelcoat for a
number of years - I'd estimate 4-5. Most of this damage is
related to striking objects with the bow. My big boat has a 1" by
1" square piece of steel running down the bow. Haha, if your
plastic or wood boat gets in it's way, you'd better be sure you have
the Right of way!
Judy B was absolutely correct, as usual. The stripe on the C22
was in the gelcoat. Here is a little section I sanded down to the
fiberglass to prove it! The blue is not a thick as the white, it
doesn't seem. Maybe UV damage over 36 years has made it
thin... Well, it will be covered up with blue paint and gold
braid will be painted by my artist friend will be on the little ledge
just above the stripe.