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IF the reason the area is "soft" is a detached stringer or floor, you'd be better off re-attaching the stringer.
I had to re-attach a couple of stringers on our boat (funnily enough, in about the same position - port side aft of the centercase!) and found that, even though it looked easy, trying to sand old fibreglass tape in the corner on both sides of the stringer was a real PITA!!
I tried to cut the old tape with a Dremel tool, but couldn't get into the gap. In the end, I scratched the bottom paint with coarse sandpaper, broke off as much of the old tape as I could get to, poured epoxy into the gap and put a bit of glass tape over the top for good measure - and painted the whole mess so no-one would know
Will it hold? I think so.. but it's definitely not as good as it should be.
Adding some glass to the hull isn't a bad idea either, but you should do it to both sides, to keep the boat symmetrical.
Yeah.. otherwise you'll sail 'round in circles!
"Honestly, I don't know why seamen persist in getting wrecked in some of the outlandish places they do, when they can do it in a nice place like Fiji." -- John Caldwell, "Desperate Voyage"
Last edited by Classic30; 02-18-2008 at 11:40 PM.