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  1. Maverick gel coat blisters - pls help??

    Just make sure you dry it up quick, or apparently, your gel coat will blister. Totally a joke here whichway
  2. Maverick gel coat blisters - pls help??

    Damnit I really want off this thread but keep feeling like I need to respond!! LOL How can this be an all around great boat if I can't take it on my vacation in December and leave it in the water for a week, like I have done for the past 25 years with all of my other boats? How will the blisters not be any issue any time soon if I do that? Won't these get worse if I put the boat in the water? How many consecutive days could I launch this boat from my ramp and fish all day with the trolling motor, without damaging the hull? Isn't that pretty much the same as it sitting in the water? Do I buy it and then grind it and barrier coat it so I can take it on vacation or fish all day? (That last question is in jest). Like I said I will find a different boat I don't need to worry about. This was no crazy low purchase price or anything and I was offering to pay a good and fair price given the low use. I came knocking to the owner, and they were kind enough to let me in. This sounds like a big job after the purchase and I have no interest in that. I need a normal boat that can be used normally - i.e., it can get wet without problems unless I leave it sitting in the bay for a long, long time.
  3. Maverick gel coat blisters - pls help??

    Thanks guys - I met these nice people totally by chance upon seeing their boat in the garage, while in a neighborhood I'm usually not in chopping up Irma trees with a friend. I indeed gave the owners a link to this website and suggested they come here to list it if they want to sell. These are not tech savvy folks, just really, really nice people. I read through a lot of this with them, but the whole thing is too much for them and confusing. They just lightly used and enjoyed their boat and don't understand what I am talking about. I don't even understand what I am talking about, as some of this stuff on here sounds like nonsense. I urged them to come here though and that is entirely up to them. Thanks again everyone I'm signing off this thread for good. I appreciate everyone's input.
  4. Maverick gel coat blisters - pls help??

    The boat was never listed, just a word of mouth contact for a boat sitting in a garage unused. After this, my guess is it will stay that way.
  5. Maverick gel coat blisters - pls help??

    I had never seen this before and was especially surprised to see it on such a low hour vessel that was trailer stored, so I was looking for advice. I got that and I am thankful for every person's input. I can tell you that I was most certainly not expecting some poor guy to tell me that a wet cushion blistered his Maverick. Again I am thankful to everyone who posted here and I appreciate your opinions and input. I posted some questions that I don't expect can really ever be answered and it no longer matters as I have walked away. Thank you for your reply and everyone else as well, I really do appreciate it.
  6. Maverick gel coat blisters - pls help??

    I don't have a dog in this fight and this whole thread went a direction I never expected. Lesson learned there and I'm done. But I will ad one more thing. It did not feel good to bail on an older couple, who frankly did not even have good enough eyesight to notice these blisters, and also try to soft pedal that my reason for doing so was due to their crazy vacation days ON THE WATER.
  7. Maverick gel coat blisters - pls help??

    I walked away from the purchase. I will find something else, and I will need to think long and hard about what that will be. I asked some questions in my last few posts that I assume won't (or can't) be answered, and some of the things said on here really, really surprise me to say the least. I had to keep checking to make sure I was on a BOATING forum. But no matter, I'm moving on to something else. Thanks again everyone.
  8. Maverick gel coat blisters - pls help??

    Capt. Troy whoa wait a minute - - you had a wet cushion sitting for 2 months on a MA blister your gel coat???? WOW! That is all I can say to that is, WOW! I'm speechless. I have owned probably a dozen different boats over the years, of all sizes, vintages and brands. I've never worried for one second about keeping my boat in the water for vacation, standing puddles in the boat that may not have drained entirely after washing, wet things in gel-coated storage compartments, etc., etc. Seriously I don't even know what else to say.
  9. 2010 Hewes Redfisher 18 only 217 hrs

    Nice boat! Where is it located?
  10. Maverick gel coat blisters - pls help??

    Again I really appreciate everyone's input here - I am always trying to learn and I am no boat expert in any way. Some of it makes sense to me. Some, I will admit, makes no sense to me whatsoever. This boat has never seen freshwater. It has also never been stored in saltwater for any length of time, except the owner tells me he took it on vacations over the years where it was kept in the water "less than 10 times" for up to a week. Most of these trips were to a timeshare in Key Largo. While on vacation, it was then used daily. In addition to never being stored in the water for more than a week, the boat has only 242 hours on it. If this boat had ever been stored for an extended period in saltwater it would be obvious and, further, I have no reason at all to not believe the owners here. Now, with that said, I am assuming that no one here is suggesting that this boat should have ever been barrier coated and/or bottom painted before their vacation right? I think we can all dismiss that as absurd. Next, let's assume just for argument sake that this older gentlemen and his wife are outright lying to me about their use. Here is a quote from Hurricane's post above: "If it was a result of being left in the water, it would be randomly all over the boat. However, the blisters I have seen have only been in the midship area on the sides. Yes below the waterline , but typically not all the way to the bottom, blistering stop about 2" short of the bottom. None on the transom, none on the bottom, none in the bow area, not even any blisters under the bunks." This is EXACTLY the case with this boat as well. Exactly. So assuming all of the evidence to the contrary was not there and also that the owners are lying and this boat was stored in the water --- can anyone explain this pattern and why the blisters would only be in this location? Does this make sense to you? Please educate me. I am not buying this MA and any other Maverick I come across of this vintage I am going to be very careful about. But just so I am educated, if anyone can explain this to me, I am all ears. I spoke with 2 different reputable fiberglass guys yesterday, and they were unanimous in that nothing here made sense given the boat usage. And, they agreed that age had absolutely nothing to do with it if in fact the owners are not lying to me.
  11. Maverick gel coat blisters - pls help??

    Guys, this is not a water stored boat. Not at all. Maybe I was unclear about that. It has very low hours and has always been trailer stored. It's the original owner, and the owner is not lying to anyone about how he used it (as far as I can tell anyways). I have owned many, many boats over the years and take multiple vacations a year where I may leave the boat in the water for a week to 10 days, before trailering back home and cleaning her up. Is that not normal? That is normal to me and in my mind, any boat out there, no matter the brand, should be able to handle this without giving it a second thought. I've certainly never thought about it and I have never had a problem. I may be wrong, but it seems to me some of the comments on here are suggesting that would not be normal use for a boat and could cause this blistering? Am I reading those right? I'm sorry but to me, that just makes no sense at all. So I should barrier coat and bottom paint my boat, and devalue it, before my vacation next time to avoid blistering? That is utter craziness. This is not a slipped boat stored in the water for months or years, and if it was, it would be obvious. Instead, it is obvious from everything else on this boat, that it has never been stored in the water for any extended period. I appreciate everyone's comments on here but again, this makes no sense to me at all and I have no interest in dealing with it. I'm disappointed and wasted some time and money, but I will find a different boat. Thanks again.
  12. Maverick gel coat blisters - pls help??

    I hear you guys on the cosmetic part, but if that is true it's still a problem. It's going to hurt my resale down the road unless I fix it. And I'm picky anyways about how things look. This went from a compound or wet sand and wax, to gelcoat removal and redo? That is a big difference. Also, what if I travel like I do to other places and leave the boat in the water for a few days? Will these get worse? Again I am not finding any straight answers here. I should mention though that in all my reading up on hull blisters last night, these do not appear the same. I know it's hard to tell from the pictures but these are not of much size at all. The blisters are pretty darn small and there are a ton of them.
  13. Maverick gel coat blisters - pls help??

    Thanks for the replies. Owner represents the boat was hardly used and stored on trailer in garage. Owner claims the boat was never left in the water for any extended period. I have no reason to not believe the owner here. All indications from inspection of engine and other parts of boat and trailer confirm what he has said, and all are original. It appears to be original gel coat as well from what we can all tell. There is no evidence of paint or prior work done at all, and the owner claims that to be the case. The blisters are very hard like the rest of the gelcoat. I will likely walk from this purchase which is very disappointing. I've read all I can read on this since last night. I can't seem to get any straight answers and have never seen this before. But I'm sure as hell not taking on the expense of removing and gelcoating again. Thanks again everyone for your input.
  14. Maverick gel coat blisters - pls help??

    I just got done reading it! what was the outcome with yours? Did it get worse? I have to tell you, it makes zero sense to me, and I still don't understand what caused it and what will happen next. The boat I am looking at is low hour and was indoor stored, and other than this issue, is great.
  15. Hi guys I have been looking at lots of boats and came across a 2000 master angler I really like. Yesterday when I went to see it I noticed bubbles or blisters in the gel coat. Both sides below the waterline. One side of the boat was more scratched up than the other, and thus it was more noticeable. Maybe someone tried sanding them? Lots of small bumps. Here are a few pictures. What the hell are these? Is this a major problem? I would rather walk away from the purchase if a problem. I've never seen this before. I see nothing indicating paint or anything and this appears to be original gel coat. I posted this before running a search given I need to move fast if I am going to buy. Anyone have any thoughts, comments, ideas?? Thanks..