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Post by Poachermas on Sat Mar 10, 2018 1:06 am

Hi 
Looking to buy a Freeman 23,does it matter that she's been painted or is it preferable to buy one that has original gelcoat?
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Re: Paint or gelcoat

Post by bigscale on Sat Mar 10, 2018 8:45 am

Every time in my opinion, a good gelcoat is far superior i am sure the boys and girls on here would agree nothing better than a original freeman a thing of beauty
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Post by JIML on Sat Mar 10, 2018 10:32 am

Totally agree with bigscale.  My last boat (Seamaster 20) was painted and I ended up re-painting every other year, I had that boat for 12 years and made a decision never to buy a painted boat again.  The problem with a painted boat is - you can't see what is underneath the paint. I know many boats are painted, but if possible go for gelcoat finish.

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Re: Paint or gelcoat

Post by Prof Pat Pending on Sun Mar 11, 2018 9:03 am

A well painted boat can look great, but as mentioned above, you don’t really know what you’re getting. 

A gel coat bot will probably be easier to sell later on Smile

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Post by Minerva on Sun Mar 11, 2018 7:32 pm

IMO an imperfect stained, but polished gel coat is better than a painted boat, because its easy to keep polishing a gel coat but a pain to sand back peeling paint and re do. plus you can polish in any weather but there are only so many days of the year you can paint. but if you are looking at buying a painted F23 then you have to weigh up everything else, but just be aware that to keep it looking good year on year, its extra work if it starts to peel!
After 25 years of owning a F23, the one big enemy of gel coat.....spider poop!!!! I love spiders but if you don't get their poop washed off the gel coat pronto then it makes pin prick holes in it...it basically dissolves gel coat, its that acidic.

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Re: Paint or gelcoat

Post by Poachermas on Sun Mar 11, 2018 9:21 pm

Thank you everyone, I think I'll look out for a 23 still in gelcoat
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Re: Paint or gelcoat

Post by BotleyBouy on Wed May 02, 2018 8:55 am

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Thank you everyone, I think I'll look out for a 23 still in gelcoat
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There is one I've seen recently. It needs quite a bit of work and the current asking price is hopelessly optimistic. On the Thames in Bucks so PM me if you want details.

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