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Re: Trying another tack... Looking for the right boat near Vancouver, BC.
I had a look at this issue the other day.. it is odd, as Jeremy describes. The deck from above appears sound, no visible deflection and no pooling of water (and we've had some rain lately) as you'd expect around the mast step with any localized depression. Doesn't mean that an original camber isn't somewhat, but not obviously, less, but from above it appears 'normal'. No crazing or stress cracks in that area at all. No obvious delam from a 'tap test' in that area either.
He's had some information that an aluminum plate was inserted under the mast step at some point. If this is true it was done from the inside, which may explain the apparent 'depression' which might be additional thickness, but the beam does seem stressed. In addition there's some separated lightweight tabbing and what appears to be some settling on the forward side of the main bulkhead's port side of the passageway to the Vberth (well off-centre and evidenced mainly by the fractured light tabbing). But again no similar indication on deck.
So his challenge now is to try to determine what's really happened/happening in that region, along with cleaning up a lot of other ill advised butchery below by the PO.
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Last edited by Faster; 06-11-2012 at 09:42 AM.