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How to repair "cockpit cubbies"?

My boat has little cubbies (about 6" high and 18" wide) along each side of the cockpit. Handy for storing jib sheets and other odds and ends. Problem is that the cubby enclosures are formed from very thin FRP, which is cracked in a few spots, and even worse, the aft ends were broken out by a PO in order to better access the winch bolts. As a result, one cubby leaks pretty bad when it rains. Aside from the leaking, they don't drain very well, so they end up full of mold and gook.

So I'd like to close them off. I'm thinking about cutting some starboard panels of the appropriate size and gluing them in place, or maybe using some sort of mechanical fasteners so that I can remove them later (perhaps to access the winch fasteners).

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Re: How to repair "cockpit cubbies"?

I would repair the holes/cracks with some epoxy and fiberglass. Maybe add a layer or two over the entire surface to beef it up a bit. Then drill a drain hole or two in the bottom of each box, add a little flush "thru-hull" fitting to each, and run a bit of tubing to cockpit drain (or maybe even to the cockpit itself) to keep the water from getting your back wet. It looks like they have drains, but from your post they obviously aren't doing the job.

But, IMHO, little coaming boxes like that are way too handy to glass over.
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Re: How to repair "cockpit cubbies"?

Eliminating storage on a sailboat is not a good idea. It would even de-value the boat. Unfortunately, you're going to have to figure out the best way to repair it.
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Re: How to repair "cockpit cubbies"?

It looks like you have decent access to the inside behind the damage. I would repair by first making a backing piece with 1-2 layers of fiberglass. Find a wash pan or something plastic that pretty closely matches the curve of the box. Wax the tub and wet some glass mat or cloth with epoxy resin, place it on the outside of the tub and let cure. Do not use too many layers or it will be too stiff. After the piece cures you can trim with scissors to the right size. Epoxy the piece to the back of the box then you can complete the cosmetic repair from the outside.

You may need to do the top most area separately but that pre-fab piece will cover most of the opening.
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Re: How to repair "cockpit cubbies"?

The easiest solution would be to buy similar sized plastic ones, remove the existing FRP ones, and then open up the hole to fit the new plastic one.

Here is one example:
Cockpit Storage Pocket | SSI Custom Plastics

Something very similar to those is used on my Pearson and they work very well.
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The easiest solution would be to buy similar sized plastic ones, remove the existing FRP ones, and then open up the hole to fit the new plastic one.

Here is one example:
Cockpit Storage Pocket | SSI Custom Plastics

Something very similar to those is used on my Pearson and they work very well.
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Re: How to repair "cockpit cubbies"?

Those plastic enclosures are awesome! I was planning to post more questions about fiberglass techniques, but these make that moot. I see they also sell drink holders and speaker enclosures, other items I've considered fabricating. Thanks!
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Re: How to repair "cockpit cubbies"?

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The easiest solution would be to buy similar sized plastic ones, remove the existing FRP ones, and then open up the hole to fit the new plastic one.

Here is one example:
Cockpit Storage Pocket | SSI Custom Plastics

Something very similar to those is used on my Pearson and they work very well.
Great input, Alex!!
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Re: How to repair "cockpit cubbies"?

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The easiest solution would be to buy similar sized plastic ones, remove the existing FRP ones, and then open up the hole to fit the new plastic one.

Here is one example:
Cockpit Storage Pocket | SSI Custom Plastics

Something very similar to those is used on my Pearson and they work very well.
Doh! I should have thought of that; especially since I have been thinking of installing a couple of similar pre-made boxes in my boat.
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