Core moisture detection

Old 12-28-2019, 11:38 AM
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Default Core moisture detection

Has anyone used the small thermal imaging cameras for locating leaks and wet core? I am looking at Flir and Seek brand cameras.
Old 12-28-2019, 11:48 AM
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Not sure what you mean by "small", but yes, they are very useful. But it takes a lot of training/experience to interpret the images. There are marine surveyors who offer the service. The equipment they use is not cheap though.
Old 12-28-2019, 12:11 PM
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A good moisture meter will also read to a decent depth in many cases. The Electro Physics one I use will catch wet core hiding behind a 1/4-3/8" skin with no problem..
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The ones I am looking at are in the $500 range
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I would save your money and go with a moisture meter. Quality thermal imaging devices are very expensive. Some training is necessary to be able to fully utilize the capabilities of thermal imaging devices. At $500 it's a neat toy. A unit at that price range will not give you the answers you seek. I use thermal imaging on occasion as an electrician. Hope this helps.
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I think they are used in conjunction with a shrink wrap gun. that adds to the expense
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The training is the expensive part. Cameras have come down in price, training has gone up.
Old 01-14-2020, 06:40 PM
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I actually have a BNIB moisture meter for sale in the parts forum if your interested.
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There is a service company that travels between Mississippi and south Florida that shows up and covers your boat completely with a large tarp and uses a heater to increase the temp around the area you are suspicious of. Once it's all warmed up and zero (absolutely zero) sunlight is coming through he watches the transition of the temps from warm to cold. It creates a very obvious answer to the question if done right. He prefers doing it inside a building if possible or at night of not just to ensure but he's mostly stuck doing it during the daytime covered like crazy.

Hope that helps a little bit

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