Cracks on the Deck - SailNet Community

   Search Sailnet:

 forums  store  


Quick Menu
Forums           
Articles          
Galleries        
Boat Reviews  
Classifieds     
Search SailNet 
Boat Search (new)

Shop the
SailNet Store
Anchor Locker
Boatbuilding & Repair
Charts
Clothing
Electrical
Electronics
Engine
Hatches and Portlights
Interior And Galley
Maintenance
Marine Electronics
Navigation
Other Items
Plumbing and Pumps
Rigging
Safety
Sailing Hardware
Trailer & Watersports
Clearance Items

Advertise Here






Go Back   SailNet Community > Contributing Authors > Gear and Maintenance Articles
 Not a Member? 


Closed Thread
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 08-17-2000
Contributing Authors
 
Join Date: Jan 2000
Posts: 244
Thanks: 0
Thanked 8 Times in 5 Posts
Rep Power: 15
Mark Matthews is on a distinguished road
Cracks on the Deck

The former owner of my Morgan 25 let the chainplate on the starboard side loosen, allowing water to seep below deck, a small section of the main bulkhead to rot, and the torque at the foot of the mast to cause stress eggshell cracks on the deck where it meets the cabin. I have replaced the bulkhead section, but should I open up those hairline cracks and then re-glass the area, or should I trust that water won't penetrate such thin cracks since I don’t perceive any delamination?

David

Mark Matthews responds:

David,
It's hard to know what to prescribe without actually seeing the damage. Given the chance, water will get into anything it can. On that note, it might be worthwhile to enlarge and fill the cracks. My sense is that they are trying to tell you something else, and may just reappear if you fill them.  I'd suggest looking at the bulkhead below, which sounds like it is presenting a sharp surface that is causing the cracks. You may want to have the load supported by a larger area, perhaps by glassing in foam on either side of the bulkhead to distribute the load more evenly. Check out Don Casey's book, This Old Boat, which I found very useful on a recent haulout.

I hope this helps, and feel free to bounce any ideas my way.
Mark Matthews

 

 

Quick reply to this message
Closed Thread

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

By choosing to post the reply above you agree to the rules you agreed to when joining Sailnet.
Click Here to view those rules.

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the SailNet Community forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
Please note: After entering 3 characters a list of Usernames already in use will appear and the list will disappear once a valid Username is entered.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

 
Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may post attachments
You may edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:10 AM.

Add to My Yahoo!         
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO 3.6.1
(c) Marine.com LLC 2000-2012

The SailNet.com store is owned and operated by a company independent of the SailNet.com forum. You are now leaving the SailNet forum. Click OK to continue or Cancel to return to the SailNet forum.