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Old 07-14-2019, 02:22 PM
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Default Imperfections in a new hull? Advise please.

I recently took delivery of a new boat that was custom built from a reputable builder and although it seems like a great boat the hull is covered in major imperfections ranging from deep scratches to no less than 10 major dents the size softballs. When you look down the length of the hull it is completely wavy and resembles a fun house mirror. I was told from the builder all of his hulls are like that and I should focus on how great the boat rides. At this point all I want is for the hull to look like new boat and not one that was beat with a baseball bat. Does anyone know how this can be repaired?
I'm attaching a photo but with the suns glare its hard to capture in pictures.

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Old 07-14-2019, 02:29 PM
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Wow I'm really sorry that absolutely does not look right. I'm not sure if there is a fix that would be reasonable.
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Old 07-14-2019, 02:30 PM
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What do his other builds look like?
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Old 07-14-2019, 02:31 PM
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Have you confirmed or denied that his other boats all look like this? Also is it Gelcoat or Paint? Your photo definitely shows "dents". I would be upset with that on a presumably expensive purchase.
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Old 07-14-2019, 02:33 PM
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I would recommend looking at other boats from the builder and seeing if they look the same as yours.
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Old 07-14-2019, 02:34 PM
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I was told that his other boats look like this and for $140,000 I expect better.
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Old 07-14-2019, 02:40 PM
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I’d definitely take a look at his other builds, maybe its just a product of his process but it looks bad. If what I think are the ‘dents’ are actually how they look, I think I’d be upset, regardless of how it rides. You want it to look the part too.
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sometimes fiberglass boats wave a wavy appearance out of the water, usually not real noticeable until waxing looking down the side, but if i may yours looks a little extreme. i would imagine if others hulls by the same person look the same, could just be the way they are, but if not i would not settle for a BS excuse, your out in the long if there are any issues and also have to consider down the road for resale
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Zoom out or tell us the builder?
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Take a baseball bat to his car and call it even.
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Old 07-14-2019, 03:12 PM
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Yes the round reflections are indeed dents.
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Don't ever look down the fuselage or wing surface of a $200 million dollar airplane. You won't like what you see.
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You would have noticed waves and dents like that at the dealer or wherever you were looking at the original boat. I doubt this is the first time you’ve ever laid eyes on (boat manufacturer name) before. High probability someone on this forum has your boat and can save you some headaches before the real headaches start. Sorry you’re dealing with this.
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Old 07-14-2019, 03:27 PM
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Would a surveyor have picked that up? Do you need a surveyor on a new build? Seems like it with some of the recent threads about gel coat cracks, crooked pilot houses, etc....
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I have seen other boats like mine but none with the extensive imperfections like I received. My intention of this post is not to "out" the builder but to ask if anyone knows it this can be fixed?
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Old 07-14-2019, 03:57 PM
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Up close like that there is no way to really evaluate it. Shoot a few pics down the side from front, rear and side. Fiberglass is rarely perfectly smooth.
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I suspect that something on the inside of the wall like a bulkhead or post did not fit tight against sides prior to connecting the two with glass. If this happens, usually the gap is filled with paste prior to glassing.
So when the resin on the glass tab dried, it shrank as is normal. it pulled the weaker flat surface towards the stronger one, creating what I would call a warp more than a dent from a strike.

In any case, this can de-waxed with acetone, roughened with 80 grit, filled with gel coat thickened paste, then re-sanded with a long board using 80 and mateching gel coat before fine sanding with 150/320 and 600 grit prior to curing for a week to polish and wax. Labor and time consuming, but easily fixable, like 95% of the problems you see in all laminates. Matching the gel coats will be tricky part imo.

You are probably looking at 20 hrs or $2-3k to do 4-6 softball areas, but I could easily be off on my estimate as your photos are not that detailed.

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In my humble opinion I believe the hull was still green ( not 100% cured) when popped from the mold. When production is too busy for the available molds a day less in the mold keeps the volume going.
Molds are very expensive and well treated as they are polished, repaired if needed, buffed, cleaned and treated with release wax. Gelcoat is applied and while tacky resin, then 1708 fiberglass is rolled ( or whatever the laminate schedule is) out and glassed in with soft rollers and the air or bubbles pushed out with metal rollers/bars.
Hard to believe those dents would not be seen in the layup process.
I have been in the production plants of Sportcraft, Mako, and Angler, during the 70’s and 80’s and it was most important to let the hull cure in the mold.
There is a video I will post of a new 28 ft cc being built the correct way and it’s impressive.

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this boat company is building boats like a work of art
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Old 07-14-2019, 04:59 PM
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Yes, most likely it can be fixed but it will be a lot of work and it will not be cheap. Why did you take delivery of the boat looking like that.
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