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PostPosted: April 2nd, 2019, 11:27 pm 
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I just recently purchased a 16' nova craft prospector in the SP3 layup. Once home I noticed slight bumps/lumps in the finish of the outer hull. The interior is smooth but some sections of the outer hull feel thicker than others when running a hand along the surface. These sections are the size of a palm and protrude 3-4 mm out from the continuous hull surface. I am wondering if this is par for the course with plastic boats or if I have a structural issue on my hands. Have others experienced inconsistencies in the hulls of these boats? Any insights are appreciated.
-Ian


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PostPosted: April 3rd, 2019, 5:21 am 
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I would think it's worth a call to the place of purchase. I have heard nothing but good from our local vendor from Nova Craft - however looking at how these are made, hard to imagine the outside would be anything but pristine.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=97RvZpm2KrQ


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PostPosted: April 3rd, 2019, 6:30 am 
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That video was fascinating.
I had no idea of the complexity in the process involved.
That said --- new canoe with hull imperfections?
Lots of dollars spent.
Take it back and get a replacement.


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PostPosted: April 4th, 2019, 11:55 am 
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I would return it, your SP3 layup is a foam core sandwiched between two plastic layer (simplest explanation). The problem with improper pressure during the vacuum sealing/pressing process is what most likely has led to your condition. The thick spots are not really the issue, other than the fact that they look like crap, but rather the potential for thin spots, if they are too thin or you have any exposed foam, which may be hard to tell if it is all dyed the same, then water can eventually work its way into the foam core and cause delamination of the plastic layers.
I would bring it back and tell them you want one that has even texture, not 'patchy' I have not owned or dealt with Nova Craft, but they are a big name in the game, so if they stand behind their quality of workmanship, they will admit that the process was flawed for that mould cast, and swap it out for you with a new one.

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PostPosted: April 4th, 2019, 5:09 pm 
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The company has a new owner and I bet he is eager to please - take it back


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PostPosted: April 4th, 2019, 6:51 pm 
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Propector16's comment about new ownership was news to me!

Here is a Happy Camper column I googled into for some more info -

https://www.explore-mag.com/The-Happy-C ... raft-Canoe

Odd that they would have let the canoe leave the plant with visible flaws.

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