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 Out, out, bad pox!

"Today, many boat owners - including me, now - are aware of the cancerous reaction of water collecting under the hull gelcoat to create an odoriferous vinegary bubble of acid formed when moisture - from the ocean outside, or bilge water inside - reacts to solvents, resin, or additives in porous pockets beneath the gel surface. Those voids, perhaps no bigger than a pinhead, may have been created by just one speck of dust in the builder's boatyard - so you can imagine the possibilities. Or perhaps it was the failure of boatbuilders to totally resin-soak every last fiber of chopped strand mat between the gelcoat and woven-roving laminated layers. That inner skin of chopped matting supposedly prevents the woven roving pattern from emerging on the surface of the gelcoat, making the hull look like a floating waffle . . . whereas the surface of a blistered bottom - once the pustules have been pricked - resemble the pocked face of the moon. "
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 (Submitted by Noel Thu Aug 5, 2004 )
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