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    Hull Blisters on 2007 245-gctid385991

    When Waxing my boat this spring I noticed that the bottom of my hull had 1 large blister that when I asked the service manager at the Bayliner dealer about it he proceeded to tell me that it is likely an air pocket in the gel coat and as long as it does not grow or multiply I shouldnt have an issue with it. Upon returning to the boat I checked again and although the 1 large pocket is the only one of its size I did notice and abundance of very small raises in the gel coat similar to brail as you can see in the attached picture.

    I brought this back to my local dealer and they advised me that the warranty related to Bayliners and Osmosis is only 1 year and the issue I have was caused by leaving the boat in the water. My boat does not have bottom paint and I have only waxed it for the last 4 seasons but every winter the bottom is washed and the boat is stored indoors.

    Does this look like Osmosis and will this be covered by Warranty? I had this boat delivered new in May of 2008 and have used it in Lake Erie for the past 4 seasons??

    Looking for some advice here please?

    Thanks,

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    #2
    I do believe that is a blister.

    Bottom paint alone does not protect from blisters. Interprotect2000 is likely one of the best protection against blisters.

    http://www.yachtpaint.com/usa/diy/pr...ect-2000e.aspx

    That said do not dispair a few blisters are easily repaired.
    Jim McNeely
    New Hope a 2004 Bayliner 305 Sunbridge Express Cruiser
    Twin 5.7s with Bravo2 drives
    Brighton, Michigan USA
    MMSI # 367393410

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      #3
      Do you think I need to worry about the brail like "bumps"?

      They appear to be all over the hill at the water line and if you zoom in on the pic you can see what I am referring to.

      Thanks

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        #4
        I would take the boat to a fiberglass shop for a professional opinion.

        I assume those bumps were not there before ?
        Jim McNeely
        New Hope a 2004 Bayliner 305 Sunbridge Express Cruiser
        Twin 5.7s with Bravo2 drives
        Brighton, Michigan USA
        MMSI # 367393410

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          #5
          russ60477 just had this problem last year on his '07 245. Complained to local dealer....at 4 years he was at 50% hull warranty. They wouldn't fix them to original, but paid 50% on a bottom paint job.

          http://www.baylinerownersclub.org/fo...hlight=blister

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            #6
            When you push on these bumps are they hard or soft? Hard indicates gelcoat irregularities. Soft indicates water intrusion.

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              #7
              The big one is soft, but the small Braille like bumps are all over the place and too small to determine either way.

              I spoke to a local boat fiberglass repair shop and based on my description he was very confident it was osmosis and to bring it in, in the fall and they will repair it over the winter for approx $150'.

              I have sent an email and pic to Brunswick/Bayliner requesting support under my warranty as it is only 4 yrs old, but haven't heard back yet.

              Very disappointing to have to sink $3-4k into a brand new boat!!!

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                #8
                A marine survey is the only thing that makes Bayliner open there eyes and take a look at an issue. If you are a Boat US. member they will assist with dealer issues. It's a shame the company just won't step up to the plate and do the right thing, after all you are a customer and spent good money for a boat. If they sold you a lemon they should make it right. :thumb

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                  #9
                  I am in Canada and sent an email with pics to Brunswick boat general inquiries address and have yet to hear.

                  The dealership I purchased the boat from has been less than helpfull and simply told me the problem was caused by leaving the boat in the water and have a good day.

                  Is there a more direct path to Bayliners warranty dept as at this point most documentation I have refers me to my dealer?

                  Thank you

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                    #10
                    Marty290 wrote:
                    When Waxing my boat this spring I noticed that the bottom of my hull had 1 large blister that when I asked the service manager at the Bayliner dealer about it he proceeded to tell me that it is likely an air pocket in the gel coat and as long as it does not grow or multiply I shouldnt have an issue with it. Upon returning to the boat I checked again and although the 1 large pocket is the only one of its size I did notice and abundance of very small raises in the gel coat similar to brail as you can see in the attached picture.

                    I brought this back to my local dealer and they advised me that the warranty related to Bayliners and Osmosis is only 1 year and the issue I have was caused by leaving the boat in the water. My boat does not have bottom paint and I have only waxed it for the last 4 seasons but every winter the bottom is washed and the boat is stored indoors.

                    Does this look like Osmosis and will this be covered by Warranty? I had this boat delivered new in May of 2008 and have used it in Lake Erie for the past 4 seasons??

                    Looking for some advice here please?

                    Thanks,
                    Just wondering - what's up with that bottom edge? It looks like there is a painted repair or something there. Am I seeing something?

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                      #11
                      No repairs have been made to this boat at all. I believe what you are referring to is the striation at the bottom which i can best describe as an imperfection in the gel coat for one reason or another. It's almost like a crack in drywall but it does not appear to be a deep crack and can only be felt if you run your hand across it.

                      Not certain what caused it as this boat has never been beached or battered???

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                        #12
                        Marty290 wrote:
                        I am in Canada and sent an email with pics to Brunswick boat general inquiries address and have yet to hear.

                        The dealership I purchased the boat from has been less than helpfull and simply told me the problem was caused by leaving the boat in the water and have a good day.

                        Is there a more direct path to Bayliners warranty dept as at this point most documentation I have refers me to my dealer?

                        Thank you
                        What a croc. Boats are MEANT to be IN THE WATER. My 99 3055 spent 87 days in the water in 2007 and 111 days in the water in 2010. You add up all the other days in the water from May 29, 1999 to August of last year and it probably totals well over 700 days. My boat was rack stored when I was not on board and in the water. I did not have even one hull blister. Your dealer is full of it and they apparently do not want to deal with the problem.
                        Rick Grew

                        1981 Carver 3007 Aft Cabin

                        2004 Past Commodore
                        West River Yacht & Cruising Club
                        www.wrycc.com

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