Over Hill Sailing Club
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Adirondacks NY
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Re: Cored deck soft spot repair
I recored 80% of the decks on my old A35. The main problem with production boats is that they often did not use enough resin to saturate the balsa. Water around chain plates is common and IMO unavoidable. There IS no sure way to keep water out and once in, it stays there essentially forever, finding bare wood and promoting rot. It's why I moved my chainplates outside after doing all that work to replace the rotted core.
A larger problem than the core, which is pretty easy to replace, is what the water may have done to the bulkheads below. I wound up replacing one large bulkhead that had turned to mush. Replacing bulkheads requires a some major surgery and a lot more skill to accomplish without doing too much damage. If anyone reading this gets into swapping a bulkhead , I have some valuable tips, just pm me.
Alberg 35: With a philosophical flourish Cato throws himself upon his sword; I quietly take to the ship.
Last edited by smurphny; 06-07-2012 at 10:01 AM.