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Old 08-10-2016, 07:21 PM   #21
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Everything I have heard is continued success. And I think their new website shows and says everything I need to know about the choices.... Really like the TV segments and Ship Shape TV highlighting the company
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Old 08-10-2016, 07:40 PM   #22
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I have seen the process and results. It is the correct procedure for older hulls and frankly newer too that have just moisture intrusion. For stringers and other interior structure you might run dehumidifiers in your cabin and affected areas and monitor to see if levels drop using that method. As long as you have eliminated the source you may win the battle that way albeit in a longer time frame but a win is a win...

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I'm kickstarting this old thread instead of starting a new one - any new news on Dryboat? I'm looking at a non trawler (sorry) as my FIRST boat purchase to see if i get into this enough to do a large spend - and the little gal i like has moisture but no rot in the stringers. Pricewise, i may be able to get a substantial deal due to this - and its still cheap eough to almost consider a use/have fun and dispose in a few years (there is NO current rot)

So, any new ideas on Dryboat and AM I CRAZY?
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She was shrink wrapped for a year and a half and I'm wondering if she was wrapped with water in the bilge that kept her moist all that time. Dunno....
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If it's the engine mounts you are talking about then with a year and a half of rot in them I would suspect the engine beds would likely collapse. If you're talking about the odd stringer or longitudinal reinforcement as long as you don't abuse the hull and try to do a Bahamas crossing you should be fine (for a couple years). But...... If it's in the engine beds you risk totaling the transmission, shaft, struts wheels.

Was this all over? Or in one particular area? If it's in one area I would suggest finding out the source of the leak. It may be repairable. Then once you stop further ingress of water you could work on the wet stringer issue. Things I would be suspect of: Shoddy seacock installation, crappy hurricane damage repair, and underwater lights installed shoddy.
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How does a potential boat buyer find out if a boat has a cored hull below the waterline?

State the name of the boat and year made. You would be surprised how many lurkers here may have had one. Also, Do a search for that manufacturers forums to ask other owners.
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Mainly in the engine compartment of the boat. It also was spotty, meaning not consistent and there is no current delamination or rot going on. The surveyor believes that intervention (and finding the culprit areas) will lessen the issue and perhaps halt proceeding to worse circumstances).
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Don't understand why people keep bringing up the R word? GMARR stated at the start of his inquiry that the surveyor reported no signs of rot or delam. Sounds like exactly the issue I had with my stringers and the process worked great as it did for other people I talked to. Call Sea Ray and Meridian service like I did as well as talk to surveyors who are familiar with the process. The one I talked to supported it totally
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Cruisers, what kind of boat did you do it on? I'm assuming you are talking about dry boat..... Did you also try any other forms of remediation that you could give feedback on that didn't work?
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How does a potential boat buyer find out if a boat has a cored hull below the waterline?
it's quite easy to see the core at transition points inside the hull. i.e. chines, strakes, transoms etc. Also an experienced surveyor can tell just by tapping the exterior with his little brass hammer.
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Sorry....yes I used Dryboat on my Cruisers stringers....if you read back to beginning I started this thread exactly where you are wondering about their system
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Aha, so you are! I'm glad that I found this and that another solution exists.
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I hope the info I shared during my discovery process helps! I definitely recommend it to anyone who asks
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Unless you find where the water is coming from you can pay for all the 'drying out' you want. If the water keeps leaking in the drying is for naught.

It seems the intent ( from the thread hijack) was to buy a boat on the cheap, and see how long it lasted.
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Not that difficult to determine intrusion point(s). Mine was limber holes
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Stringers are installed to stiffen an area.

The Shape and bonding area is their key , not the internal content.

Many were simply 1/2 cardboard tubes with the glass on them being the working material.

A soggy deck or hull is a big seal, soggy stringers NOT.
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Stringers are installed to stiffen an area.

The Shape and bonding area is their key , not the internal content.

Many were simply 1/2 cardboard tubes with the glass on them being the working material.

A soggy deck or hull is a big seal, soggy stringers NOT.
The owner of this boat with collapsed stringers and his engine sitting in the bottom of his bilge might disagree.
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What I learned was both of these people are correct it absolutely depends on Builders design ...sometimes the wood is only there for the fiberglass form and the layers of glass is the structural Integrity other times there only a few layers and the wood to be the structural integrity........BUT IN A SURVEY OR BUY/SELL SITUATION WET STRINGERS ARE NEVER A GOOD THING FOR OWNER BUT ALWAYS A BARGAINING CHIP FOR A BUYER. Of course Insurance may also be an issue if the underwriter feels wet stringers compromises the structural Integrity of the vessel
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Gmarr, I see you have Chicago listed next to your name. I did not catch what type, size or breed the boat in question is. Not sure of the estimated cost of having it done....but..

Put her on a trailer and head to Death Valley or some such. Drop the trailer. Leave her in the sun, opened up. Drill ventilation holes as appropriate. She will be dry as a bone in short order. 0% humidity and heat will suck it dry.
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That's funny......but exactly how the Dryboat system works except they bring desert dry warm air at low PSI to the vessel....no trailer necessary....unless you are looking for an excuse to trailer a boat to Arizona and stay for a few months
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Lol, it's a 34' Express Cruiser AND I do have relatives in Vegas.......hmmmm
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