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Foredeck repair/recoring help/ideas needed.

You''ll have to open it up (from the INSIDE,where no one but you will see it, unless you want to redo the deck nonskid, which is very difficult and which will pobably look bad in spite of great efforts) and see what''s going on. Rotted balsa or plywood will need to be scooped out and replaced. You can use plywood instead of balsa - it might be cheaper and easier to get. Make sure the plywood, if that''s what you use, has no voids. Goop it up with polyester resin and fiberglass mat and cloth to equal the thickness of the rest of it, and smooth it down as best you can. To avoid having to work upside down, you may want to tilt the boat some. Use polyester resin, not epoxy for two reasons: 1/cost 2/flex and strength characteristics that match the existing deck. (A super-strong patch will cause the rest of the deck to fail where the two parts join.) It is very messy. Use lots of rubber gloves, wear a hat and goggles. You can use fairing compound - like Bondo - for the final smoothing. Then paint it. Now you know why you got such a good price on your boat, but you''ll also be able to fix it if you hit anything. Happy sailing!
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