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Originally Posted by jackMcN
I'm interested in a boat that is described as having wet and delaminated decks. The yard that has the boat reported to me that "There is no apparent water intrusion as you can see no water stains on the ceiling boards or other interior wood.The deck seems to be quite wet as we have taken core samples to determinethe extent of this. This core correction is estimated at $18-20,000".
My questions are:
1) What is the best method to repair this?
2) After repair, will the deck be safe?
3) what would be a reasonable price for this repair (31 foot sailboat)?
4) what is involved with repairing this?
5) Is this level of repair best left alone, search for another boat?
Any and all information on this issue will be appreciated. Jack
This can be repaired, but it is a very major task to do so. If properly repaired, the deck will be as strong as it was when originally built, if not stronger. The price really depends on how large the delaminated areas are—as I seriously doubt that the entire deck is delaminated.
The way this type of damage is generally repaired is cutting off the top laminate, removing the core material, replacing the core material, and then replacing the top laminate layer.
If the delaminated areas are extensive, I'd say you'd be better off getting a different boat. There are a lot of boats out there, and getting one that has been well maintained is often less expensive than buying the same boat with extensive damage and getting it repaired.
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