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Thanks for clarifying my statement about the barrier coating on my boat so that there is no confusion with others. Oliver kindly responded to me on the board several months ago and told me that he was also pretty sure that my boat would have the Amel anti-osmotic barrier. What I meant to say in my previous post was that my boat does not have any barrier coating on the hull other than what Amel put there originally.
Cute story about why Amel put the barrier coating inside the gel coat.
SV Sueno, Maramu #220
James, your boat almost certainly does have an anti-osmotic epoxy/platelet barrier coating system. It is installed INSIDE the gel coat. In other words, after the gel coat is applied to the mold, the anti-osmosis system goes in after. This is a proprietary system from Amel. The logic was if installed behind the gel coat, it is less likely to be inadvertently removed by overly aggressive bottom preparation/sanding by a boatyard worker paying more attention to the pretty girl with a nice figure walking by than his power sanding technique. That is exactly how it was explained to me by Amel guys at the shipyard!! Perspective. Ah, just one more reason I love the French.
Maybe Olivier will let us know precisely when this osmosis treatment was implemented. I think it was late 1985 or early 1986.
Have fun with your Anel. Joel
Joel F. Potter/Cruising Yacht Specialist LLC
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