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Old 04-11-2010
Balage Balage is offline
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Soft Deck repair

Hi!

I'v been reading this forum for quite a long time, however I never really joined the discussion, so here I am posting a question

In the last few days I've been working on my 15 ft sailboat, sanding the bottom to apply a new primer/antifouling combination, but my problem is not with that.
The boat has a soft deck issue on the foredeck, right in front of the mast attachment point. This problem arise during the last season and after searching and reading around a little bit, it became clear that I'll have to do something. The problem is, that I have absolutely no experience with fiberglass and epoxy and the last thing I'd like to do is stripping off the gelcoat from the deck, since it is in a really nice shape (given that the boat is 21 years old) and it has a special rugged surface.
So my question is if there are any other methods that could work... Maybe injecting something into the laminate? I also read someone's description how he replaced the core from the inside of the cabin, but again it might be impossible to do because of my lack of experience... (possibly dumb q: btw soft decks are always because of rotten core material? Are there other causes?).

Please help me with this one, I'd really love to go sailing, preferably with a non-soft deck!

Thank you very much in advance!


Fair Winds,
Balázs from Hungary

P.S.: Pic of my boat:
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