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Moisture measurements of wood and fiberglass hulls with portable meters

Moisture measurement on wooden and fiberglass hulls

Detection and localization of osmosis phenomena on boats or parts exposed to high humidity

Verification of the state of drying of products before painting or aesthetic treatments

The Tramex Skipper Plus, non-destructive moisture meter, provides a complete and safe method for detecting excess humidity in fiberglass and wooden hulls. The Skipper Plus is a pocket hygrometer, designed to locate humidity in the hulls and accessories of the boat.

Three scales for humidity detection in GRP and hardwood for salt and fresh water.

  • Wide range of wood readings from 5% to 30% on a hardwood scale and from 0 to 100 on a comparative scale for fiberglass and other materials.
  • Identifies the presence of osmosis in fiberglass hulls.
  • Confirm if the wooden boats are dry enough for painting or varnishing.
  • Track leaks on decks and bulkheads.
  • The "Hold" function facilitates the recording of readings.
  • Soft rubber electrodes provide direct contact without scratching.
  • Audio warning tone for high humidity can be activated or deactivated.
  • Battery operated (included)

Application

Measure the presence of osmosis phenomena on fiberglass boats.

Locate any parts that have a more pronounced exposure to osmosis than other areas.

Check the state of conservation of wooden boats or the degree of humidity before aesthetic treatments, painting or impregnation.

Solution

Skipper Plus is based on the principle of measuring non-destructive impedance. Coplanar electrodes, mounted on the base of the instrument, transmit low frequency signals in the tested material and measure the variation of impedance caused by the presence of humidity. This reading is indicated on the instrument as a reading of the moisture content.

  • Three ranges for moisture detection in fiberglass and hardwood for fresh and salt water.
  • Wide range of wood readings from 5% to 30% on the hardwood scale and from 0 to 100 on a comparative scale for GRP and other materials
  • Identifies the presence of osmosis in fiberglass hulls.
  • Confirm if the wooden boats are dry enough for painting or varnishing.
  • Track leaks on deck and bulkheads.
  • The "Hold" function facilitates the recording of readings.
  • The soft rubber electrodes come into direct contact without scratching.
  • High humidity acoustic warning tone that can be turned on or off.
  • Battery operated (included)

The Skipper Plus moisture meter is used for:

  • Timely detection before the appearance of osmotic bubbles.
  • Identification of the affected area.
  • Hull monitoring during dehumidification and repair phases.
  • Checking the drying of the abraded areas before recoating.

To obtain lasting finishes and resistance of hulls and wooden components, it is essential to ensure that they are well maintained and that they do not contain excess humidity.

Excess humidity can create phenomena of structural and aesthetic deterioration, both on wooden and fiberglass hulls or special composite materials.

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