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Old 06-14-2010, 01:40 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Bubbling Cockpit Deck

Has anyone had this problem? I have attached pictures of the bubbling. The boat is a 2006 Gordon Waterman 16 foot. I just got back from ten thousand islands and noticed cracking and bubbling. The decking peeled right off. Thanks in advance for your comments.
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Old 06-15-2010, 01:36 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Looks like it was not prepped correctly or contaminated when the interior floor was painted. I think it is gelcoat with awlgrip finish/skid particles. Due to the hull being under warranty for defects in craftsmanship, it will most likely be repaired through hells bay. It should be a grind off and repaint job - nothing looks structural. Was there standing water the hull for a long time? Osmosis will also cause a blistering between laminates and gel.
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Old 06-15-2010, 05:34 AM   #3 (permalink)
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There was no standing water in there under my watch (since 2008). And, I don't believe Mark Alderman would have allowed that to have happened under his watch either (2006-2008).

I have submitted an online email describing the situation and inquiring about the warranty.

Thank you for your reply.
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Old 06-16-2010, 02:33 PM   #4 (permalink)
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There was no standing water in there under my watch (since 2008). And, I don't believe Mark Alderman would have allowed that to have happened under his watch either (2006-2008).

I have submitted an online email describing the situation and inquiring about the warranty.

Thank you for your reply.
I have a 2001 HB Waterman...built by Mr. Tom G. without any problems. Will stand-by to read the posting of the resolution to your problem.
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Old 06-16-2010, 03:34 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Curtis from HB called me yesterday after I filled out the email form on their website. With limited information, meaning no pictures just the term "bubbling paint" being tossed around during our phone conversation, he said he was certain that it would not be covered under warranty. He was also very worked up about another boat he had in there with the same problem and although the owner of the boat denies that the boat had been sunk, Curtis was convinced otherwise. In regards to my boat, he said that either the heat caused the paint to bubble or there must have been standing water in it. He never considered problems occurring during the application process of the paint to the cockpit deck as a possible reason. He said that he would speak to Tom and get back to me. At this point, I was confident of the future response.

After the call, I sent some pictures to Curtis and some words about finding it hard to believe that heat caused this and that the boat has not had any standing water in it. I also explained that in my opinion, this issue should be covered under warranty.

This morning, I got an email from Tom saying he had spoken to Curtis and that he was sorry that I had an issue with the boat but that it would not be covered. He did not provide any explanation as to why. I made a mental note of the experience for future boat purchases and simply responded "Thank you for getting back to me and have a nice day."
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Old 06-16-2010, 04:51 PM   #6 (permalink)
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That sucks.
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Old 06-16-2010, 05:48 PM   #7 (permalink)
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That does suck but almost all warranties are for the original owner.

Take it to a gelocat fiberglass shop and see what they think caused it. Seems to me that if there was a gelcoat issue it would have shown up within the first few months of ownership. Almost looks like a chemical of some sort caused it.
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And this surprises ya'll why ??
Hell's Bay's customer service hasn't exactly been the most positive topic of conversation . If they won't even answer their phone , how should they be expected to care about a "former" customer ?
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Old 06-16-2010, 07:12 PM   #9 (permalink)
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It isn't too big of a deal. I was just curious if anyone else had this problem so I submitted the pictures & description to you all. And since I was asked about the response/resolution, I figured I would post what I experienced. At the end of the day, it is not a big deal. It's just a boat. I had someone look at it and it is an inexpensive fix, a simple repaint. In regards to HB, this isn't Tom's first rodeo. I am sure he has legite reasons for his decision, not the original owner might be spot on. And, it's my fault for not asking him what the reason was. No worries. Thanks again for your help!
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I have heard a few complaints about their service lately.
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