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I faced a similar situation, but I was not able to save and reuse the top skin. I built up some laminates near the perimeter so that the new top skin would have enough area to bond to. You might be able to use a similar technique even if you are reusing the top skin. Basically, the idea was just to extend the area of solid fiberglass that exists near the hull-deck joint on my boat.
This was my first time doing this type of repair - so it's not offered as expert advice. Another option would have been to remove the toe-rail to gain extra bonding area, or leave a lip, like you suggested. I tried that in a small area, but found it hard to work under the lip.
red = new skin
brown = new core
peach = built up strips of mat/epoxy
Note: I probably should have beveled the edge of the new core
just realized my signature is out of date -- this was on a Pearson, not the Jeanneau
Western Long Island Sound
Last edited by davester; 11-10-2011 at 12:35 PM.
Reason: sig shows different boat