Old boat deck flex - SailNet Community
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 4 Old 09-06-2001 Thread Starter
Junior Member
Join Date: May 2001
Posts: 8
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
Old boat deck flex

Hi all,

I''ve been offered an 18 yr old 26'' fibreglass racer, and certain areas of the deck nr the cockpit and chainplates flex when I step on them. There are no visible cracks or weird noises, and while I don''t want to look a gift horse in the mouth, I''d like to know how significant a problem this is likely to be. Any thoughts, anyone?
cmj is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 4 Old 09-07-2001
Senior Member
Join Date: Dec 2000
Posts: 654
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 17
Old boat deck flex

Methinks core rot. Can be difficult/time consuming to fix. Might want to get a surveyor with a moisture meter to check it out.
hamiam is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #3 of 4 Old 09-09-2001
Join Date: Apr 2001
Posts: 52
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 17
Old boat deck flex

Go to WEST MARINE and get a free copy of the WEST SYSTEM fiberglass repair manual. It will answer all of your questions concerning delamination and its cure.
Some repairs are easy and straight forward if you are handy,ie drilling holes in the area and using a vacuum to suck out the water and injecting epoxy, some more complex as in cutting out the inside area and replacing it with plywood and glassing over.
It''s all covered in plain english and you should be able to determine if it is something you want to tackle.
Don''t let a good boat go because of a little work... Good luck..JEF
JEFryar is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook
post #4 of 4 Old 09-11-2001
Junior Member
Join Date: Sep 2001
Posts: 2
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Rep Power: 0
Old boat deck flex

If you see no cracks or holes in the deck, it should not be rot, its probably just not a strong deck. Its easy to fix. make access to the underside of the deck where it flexs, sand it back, cut some hose in half ( normal garden hose ) and glass it in place under he deck. You will probably need to do at least 3 times about 1 foot apart. Use at least 4 layers of glass ( woven ) and use epoxy resin. It is really easy, i had no fiberglasing experience, but after working on my own fiberglass boat, it becomes second nature. Look up some books by Don Casey..
seawolf1 is offline  
Quote Quick Reply Share with Facebook

Quick Reply

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:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


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
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
New name (I know, I know) owlmtn Boat Review and Purchase Forum 13 12-13-2009 07:46 PM
help with lifes dream kimby Boat Review and Purchase Forum 37 12-02-2009 11:32 PM
Deck vs. Keel Stepped Masts Envirella Gear & Maintenance 10 11-29-2009 11:06 AM
boat purchase, taxes, residence -- help for NW sailer? winslow59 Boat Review and Purchase Forum 15 01-14-2007 10:20 PM
What makes a good family cruiser boat? tziehm herSailNet 16 08-04-2006 06:45 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome