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    Posted: 06 Mar 18 at 4:16pm
Has anyone ever spec'd clear gelcoat on a boat? Any pics?
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Yep - at the very least on a National 12 and an International 14.

You should know by now that there's nothing REALLY new out there!

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I'm sure lots of boats have had it for their decks too if not for the hulls. Finns maybe.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote H2 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 06 Mar 18 at 5:01pm
Originally posted by Dougaldog

Yep - at the very least on a National 12 and an International 14.

You should know by now that there's nothing REALLY new out there!

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There is nothing new under the sun, of that I am sure! Did it look ok or just a bit tatty?
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Originally posted by H2

Did it look ok or just a bit tatty

Clearcoat carbon or carbon Kevlar can look alright if the builder is really painstaking about the layup. Clearcoat glass, when I've seen it, looked b****y awful.
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Clearcoat looks great for a few years. Long term outlook I believe is poor, especially as its difficult to repair invisibly
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IIRC, used to be commonish in Finns for the deck. Something about clear being lighter white or coloured gel. 
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If you scroll down to pictures of Gruffalo (now my boat) you'll see the clear look.

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Finessa of Sweden did a load of Europes in clear gelcoat hull and deck in the 1980s.  Very much an acquired taste and they are looking a bit tired now.  Rather "Mad Max" to my eyes; look like they're waiting to be painted!
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There is a difference between clear gelcoat and clear coat (varnish) - good clear polyester gelcoat, ie applied into an female mould before the laminate should last a long time. I had it on punk boat before the glass and wood. Not perfect but thatís for non gelcoat reasons.
Iím with Jim not sure I like it on glass. And he also rightly points out that either gelcoat or varnish / lacquer show all the handiwork. Hardest is getting a nice finish on non moulded lacquered parts.
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