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My cockpit sole is in need of recoring as well from a leaking fuel fill, now relocated. I will cut the top as I have no desire to go through the pain of doing it from underneath and risk inferior results at the same time.

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Thanks for sharing. I liked your protective gear. Your pictures and words give me confidence that I might do something like this if I had to.
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My cockpit sole is in need of recoring as well from a leaking fuel fill, now relocated. I will cut the top as I have no desire to go through the pain of doing it from underneath and risk inferior results at the same time.

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+1 Going from the top is generally easier, faster and more reliable.
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Dang dude, you're really getting after it. Good luck, and keep us posted!
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+1 Going from the top is generally easier, faster and more reliable.
I don't understand why going from the top would be better? All I have to do from the bottom is slap on the new glass and paint after the core is in place. No fairing or delicate finishing to deal with.

I do agree that the workspace is more convenient through the top. But I have the engine and almost all equipment out of the engine room so it isn't that bad right now. If the engine were still in there, I'd consider going through the top. I like that the top layer of glass is uncompromised and the finished product will look great after I paint the decks.
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I don't understand why going from the top would be better? All I have to do from the bottom is slap on the new glass and paint after the core is in place. No fairing or delicate finishing to deal with.
It's not better, just opinion is all. You'll find plenty of that on here!

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The only way to guarantee a void free core install from the bottom is to vacuum bag it. All over your head. It will take twice as long for a result that may be less than satisfactory. Most pros would go from the top and if done professionally most owners would sooner pay for working from above as the labor would be less. The extra time spent fairing before painting is a lot less than the extra time working above.
Look at Tim Lackey's site Northern Yacht Restoration | Tim Lackey:* One Man, One Boat at a Time
All his projects are detailed chronologically on the site and I can't recall his ever recoring from below.
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The only way to guarantee a void free core install from the bottom is to vacuum bag it. All over your head. It will take twice as long for a result that may be less than satisfactory. Most pros would go from the top and if done professionally most owners would sooner pay for working from above as the labor would be less. The extra time spent fairing before painting is a lot less than the extra time working above.
Look at Tim Lackey's site Northern Yacht Restoration | Tim Lackey:* One Man, One Boat at a Time
All his projects are detailed chronologically on the site and I can't recall his ever recoring from below.
That guys work is top notch!

But this is only a cockpit sole, it's not a huge area to deal with and not really structural. It'll be good for the life of the boat so long as it stays dry.
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But you don't want voids in an area that people jump down on, as it can get worse. The reason my cockpit sole is wet is the diesel fill was in the center and constant flexing from the weight of people caused it to leak into the unprotected core.
The other advantage of it being the cockpit sole being re-cored instead of a more visible section of the deck is that it will be painted non-skid which means the finish should be good but doesn't have to be perfect.
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But you don't want voids in an area that people jump down on, as it can get worse. The reason my cockpit sole is wet is the diesel fill was in the center and constant flexing from the weight of people caused it to leak into the unprotected core.
The other advantage of it being the cockpit sole being re-cored instead of a more visible section of the deck is that it will be painted non-skid which means the finish should be good but doesn't have to be perfect.
I hear yah, I repaired my cabin sole from above, couldn't do it from below obviously. I just don't think that it's that big of deal. Plenty of people re-core from below with great success. Especially cabin tops and decks which are walked on alot.

Tommays comes to mind.
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