Properly repairing yachts damaged by osmotic blisters traditionally ranks among the most difficult and time consuming yard services. It is not unusual to see a boat sit in the yard for nearly a year, drying out the damp fiberglass caused by blisters.
Traditional methods used to dry out fiberglass hulls damaged by blisters include air-drying, gas heaters, and infrared heating. These methods can take several months to properly dry the damaged area. Even then, the process may not draw out all the acids, glycols and organic compounds. Anchors Away Boatyard now offers The HotVac Hull Cure System, which solves these problems by applying controlled heat and high vacuum to the affected fiberglass repair areas that evaporate and draw out moisture and volatile chemicals. The process reduces the time necessary to completely and thoroughly dry blister damaged hulls in days or weeks.
This means your boat or yacht is back in the water faster for you to enjoy instead of sitting in the yard. Reducing drying time to days, even with long term "hopeless cases," this technology removes osmosis and the causes of osmosis. It restores structural strength to the hull and can be used effectively on any type of fiberglass boat. HotVac dries and treats a 10-meter hull in less than 10 days and conforms to most hull shapes including multiple chine designs.
The unique system ensures uniform treatment of all hull areas. Local heating of the treated area is uniform and electronically controlled to within +/- 1°C, thereby preventing hotspots and ensuring complete treatment over the entire area. Importantly, microprocessor based timing and temperature control removes all human variability factors.
The HotVac process combining heat and high vacuum uniquely ensures full removal of all moisture and osmosis inducing chemicals. Independent inspections are available at any stage of the process. Anchors Away Boatyard is the only service facility on the Southeast Intracoastal waterway offering HotVac Technology.