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Vivacity 24 Hull to Deck Joint Repair

Recently purchased a 1971 Vivacity 24 "twin keeler". After removing the old toe rail and backing board, I see the hull to deck joint needs some minor repair. Does anyone have any knowledge of this boat and how to remove the screw bolts? The nuts/retainer are buried under fiberglass tape in the interior and a spinning when I try to remove. Any help or suggestions are appreciated.
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Re: Vivacity 24 Hull to Deck Joint Repair

We had ours done years ago the same set up with the fiberglass over the nuts. If you can see where the nuts are a small hole saw a little bigger than the nuts on a cordless can expose them. it seemed to do a clean job and goes back together with ease. Good luck to ya.
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Re: Vivacity 24 Hull to Deck Joint Repair

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Thanks so much for the suggestion. I tried carefully chiseling around the base of the nut in the fiberglass tape but that was very labor intensive. I need to replace the backer board because of rot. The old one was notched at every attachment point, but I'd rather through drill and re-install the screw bolts. Do you think there will be any issue removing every screw bolt on one side of the boat at a time? I would like to replace with a continous (scarf jointed) backer board. Thanks again for your reply.
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Re: Vivacity 24 Hull to Deck Joint Repair

Is the boat on the hard or in the drink? I don't think you would have any problem in doing one side at a time just don't go to deep with the hole saw, if you put some tape around the hole saw to gauge your depth then you will not go to far into the core. I think the less motion on the boat while this is being done would be good.
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Re: Vivacity 24 Hull to Deck Joint Repair

She's on the hard, which makes it a bit easier for this project. I might use two of the same size hole saws....one with the center bit extended to get me started and then the other with the center bit retracted to act as a depth gage (providing I am accurate and hit the stud or nut surface). Thanks again for the suggestion.
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