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Re: Fiberglassing Over Hull Deck joint?

Snider,

It sounds like you have a good solution. I did a hull deck joint job on a much less robust boat several years ago. I did it from the inside but had the interior removed already. The Rhodes 22 is a scaled up dinghy with a flared hull at the deck joint, a feature I like very much on that small boat. Very dry. My solution was to apply a layer of 12 oz biaxial S glass with West epoxy. I used a 6" wide belt and then refastened the two mechanically from the outside through the new glass. That boat was barely joined there in the first place. I was horrified when I gutted it to discover the seeming random fastening job. I remember reading of a hazard these small sailboats can suffer if they are being towed in heavy weather. It is possible to pull the deck off!

You have a very nice boat for a project. Best of luck! Enjoy!

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