Thursday, September 25, 2008


[Maryanne]Well we are hauled out again. This time to have another coat of bottom paint to replace some of the paint that disappeared earlier than expected. The good news is we don't have to pay for the work. The bad news is that (once again) we discovered more voids in our hull. This time one of them is at a through hull - very worrying (Aghhhh!) - and of course we will have to pay to have that repaired.

The weather since we arrived in Norfolk has moved from Summer to Fall/Autumn, and now we have a Nor'easter set in for a few days - enough rain, and an exceptional high tide, to flood the boat yard we are in. We're keeping an eye on things and don't expect it to get high enough to float us (Let's hope we got that maths correct). We will of course have to pull out our wellies!

With exceptionally heavy rain today we just loafed in the dry boat, but the previous day we did a WHOLE LOAD of jobs from the maintenance list; all made easier with the boat out of the water: changing the drive leg oil, greasing the through hulls, cleaning and waxing the hulls, that kind of thing (Oh the boat life!).


Mommy Dearest said...

When you say, "voids in our hull," are you really saying, in a boatsman-like way--holes in our boat??? As in, holes that will let water in? Sink the boat?? What the?? What's going on here? That does not seem right at all. Or am I just worrying unnecessarily?

SV-Footprint said...

The voids are ares where bubbles formed while they were building the layers of the hull.

They are various sizes (up to dinner plate size) and various thicknesses. The are not holes all the way through the boat, but leave patches where the hull is thinner than it should be, and also the covering layer of gel-coat being unsupported, cracks and breaks away - leaving exposed fiberglass which can wick water, and/or degrade with UV light (depending on where it is).

I think the Gemini seems to suffer from these more than other boats (folks in any of the marinas or boat yards we find ourselves in always act shocked, and indicate it is highly unusual for a new boat), and I don't know how other boat manufacturers handle this if it does happen, but PCI dismiss these as cosmetic, nothing to do with quality of workmanship and leave us to resolve them as we find them. $$!

Buying a boat is nothing like buying a house. No 10 year guarantee here!

Anonymous said...

Not exactly a comment, although I can sympathize with voids having had the old boat equivalent (blisters). I was just wondering if your Tinker is for sale...I searched and came up with your website and some of the language on the tinker page implies that she is, but just not clear. If so, what age and price, please. My email is Thanks, Drew