Off the Fossil Energy was called to do an infrared inspection to determine the extent of moisture penetration in the hull of a J130, which was in storage at a marine repair shop. The owner was looking for specific areas of high moisture content in the fiber glass, balsa core hull. The moisture had penetrated parts of the hull via a leak around a knot meter installed in the sump of the boat. Using the infrared camera, OFE was able to identify areas of high moisture content in the hull, and marked them for future reference in the repair process. A pattern of small holes were drilled in the high moisture areas of the hull to aid in the drying process. A vacuum pump and heat lamps were used to further reduce moisture levels. The damaged areas of the hull were re-glassed and the boat will be repainted.
"I contacted Kris at OFE to determine the extent of moisture penetration in the hull of my J130. Kris quickly arranged a date and time and was very clear on the pre-scan preparations required. Once on site she was very thorough and obliging to discuss and review areas of concern.
Her report was very thorough and has been a valuable tool in determining the order of repairs, and in fact where we did not need to repair."