Freeze Dried Boat
I recently picked up a Boston Whaler project boat that will most likely have some water in the foam. I knew this going into the project as well as anticipate a possibly rotten transom.
That leads me to an idea where if I apply some composites experience with physics then maybe I won't have to manually dig the foam out...
We all know water boils under vacuum, like freeze dried food, so why not apply the similar process to the entire hull?
Making sure to not have any cavities that may be crushed under vacuum what if I make a vacuum bag around the boat with all of the hatches, consoles, wiring, etc removed, and pulled it under vacuum? There would have to be breather to allow the water vapor a path to escape but that is pretty easy. The vacuum process may take over a week but it would be interesting to see if it would work. Some holes may need to be drilled to allow the water vapor a path to escape but has anyone tried or considered this before?
I have seen people use shop vac's to pull water out of the hull, but boiling the water out under vacuum would be far superior to this I think.