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post #7 of Old 01-23-2004
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Deck to Hull fastening....

Thank you Jeff H and WHOOSH if you are still following this thread.

I am in the midst of rebuilding my Ensenada 20. I decided to replace the rub rail and after removing it, I discovered that the hull and deck were joined with nothing more than 1/8" bolts spaced 2" apart. I was shocked!

As a result, I first decided to carefully seal the inside of the joint with 5200, and I am currently glassing the exterior with 2" followed by 4" cloth. I will be adding a mahogany rub rail which I will secure with 5200 and wood screws spaced approximately every 4". As this is only a trailered daysailor, I felt this would be sufficient. However your remarks back on January 6 explained why the joint was this way and justified to me the work on which I am currently involved. Again, thanks.

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