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Re: Solid fiberglass decks.

The Spencer 35 originally had solid glass decks without any beams underneath. The 35 Mk II had cored decks. The uncored decks are solid but a bit springy on the foredeck.

Very few boats of any size have decks that are not cored.

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Re: Solid fiberglass decks.

I have an Orca version of an Ingrid that has solid fiberglass decks.
I absolutely love them.
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There was a boat built in Taiwan. I think it was called the KING's LEGEND 41. Reportedly an Eva Hollman design. It had solid decks. I stopped by the yard one day. It was a filthy yard. There was a deck, right side up, resting on saw horses. The deck was so flexible that it draped over the saw horses like objects in a Salvador Dali painting. It was crazy. I took a photo of it and considered publishing it.
I think a lot of the early English (and Commonwealth) designs had uncored decks. Instead they tended to have closely spaced glassed in frames and or hat sections.

That is actually how most of the deck area on my South African built Farr is constructed. I do have some coring in the cockpit sole, locker lids, and seats. Oddly, some of the interior components are cored as well. The other odd part is that the NZ and Aus versions of my boat, have fully cored decks. The drawings seem to show it both ways.

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I think a lot of the early English (and Commonwealth) designs had uncored decks. Instead they tended to have closely spaced glassed in frames and or hat sections.

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True, Jeff. My boats hull and decks were formed at the Hallmatic yard in the UK. Hatframes were used to connect all the chainplates to the hull.

Hallmatic was one of the new 'glass' pioneers, back then. Solid decks were a bad idea and they learned quickly in that era but the old decks have mostly survived.

My old boat has actually 'settled' a bit, like an old house. Solid decks can handle a little of that.

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Re: Solid fiberglass decks.

IIRC, the English-built Contessa 32s had uncored decks; most of the Canadian Contessas used various core materials, including (extensively, sadly) plywood. The Rodgers C32 decks were known for oilcanning a titch, which theoretically can lead to gelcoat crazing and eventual glassfiber fatigue, but never heard of much trouble in real-world use. It's a stiffness issue more than a strength one: you can obtain a much stiffer deck at a much lower weight using cored composites than with solid layups. But then you need to be scrupulous about isolating your deck hardware from the core.

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The Spencer 35 originally had solid glass decks without any beams underneath. The 35 Mk II had cored decks. The uncored decks are solid but a bit springy on the foredeck.

Very few boats of any size have decks that are not cored.
my Sea Sprite 23 has solid decks.. they are quite springy. first time I stepped on the foredeck, I thought it had serious rot problems the way it gave under my feet.

51 years old, no leaks at the seam between hull and deck

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Any other vessels out there built with solid glass decks?
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Re: Solid fiberglass decks.

Wow...surprised how many examples of non-cored (i.e solid) decks are out there!

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Wow...surprised how many examples of non-cored (i.e solid) decks are out there!
Mostly either older or European boats.

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Re: Solid fiberglass decks.

My 1970 Discovery 37 sailboat has a solid fiberglass deck with ribs and spray foam under

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