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post #11 of 13 Old 07-01-2009
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I am with the "sail it" brigade and I think you should just go with it in the meantime. If I was in your position, I would go for the "drill and stabilize" option. You could get many years of excellent sailing out of your boat wthout a huge amount of work.....


Leith (rhymes with teeth) is the port of the City of Edinburgh in Scotland. A Leither is someone who comes from that area.

I must go down to the sea again, to the lonely sea and the sky - I left my shoes and socks there, I wonder if they're dry?
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I used a moisture meter to scope out my deck. Took a eraseable, whiteboard marker and just started measureing and writing down numbers. I did this all around the cabin and near the chainplates first. The numbers were REALLY bad.

So it REALLY pays to know what the numbers are - and what the mositure is... My boat would not be one someone else wouldwant to restore.

Just pays to know. ALso to look for corrosion. It is QUITE POSSIBLE to snap those stainless steel rig mounting plates - right in half. USUALLY - where you cannot see them.

If there is a lot of moisture, then you might look for all the other related problems.......

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Like most SJ21s, ours has soggy balsa. I just finished drilling and filling all the deck hardware; added large backing plates; and now we're going to sail it. Maybe a re-core next year. But it'll do for now. No high heels on deck!

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