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I'm going to be looking at a sailboat this week, hopefully to buy. I know before I go looking at it that there was one damaged rib under the teak and holly floor where they had to cut out a section of the floor to repair it. Thus the floor has a section that was removed ( aprox. 8 inches by 12 inches) where they sistered the rib together with plywood and epoxy. How effective is sistering the rib together? Does anyone have any recomendations to making it stronger and how I could do it. Or maybe this would be such a big project I should just say no to purchasing the boat before I get in too deep.
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Re: Ribs

So this is a wood boat? Even if not, what kind of boat, year, etc?
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Sorry, I should be more specific. It's an 82 islander 28' bahama.
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Re: Ribs

I would have the boat surveyed and get their opinion on the quality of the repair. He should also be able to find any other damage that hasnt been repaired.
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I definitely plan on getting the boat surveyed if I like what I see. I'll post pictures and more information as I move foreward. It should help anyone else with a similar issue.
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Re: Ribs

Ribs CAN be fixed as good as new . . .however . . .so many variables, nature of problem, execution of fix etc. pics and more info needed for an "educated opinion"
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Agrees with Mike.
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Re: Ribs

As it is a GRP boat the worries about the sistered rib are very different from a wooden boat.

You need to find out what damaged the rib and was there collateral hull damage. That sort of boat is going for around 5 to 10 k just now so a full survey might be pushing things but maybe a hull and deck alone could be cost effective.

N.B. I am pretty sure they came with wood cored decks and these are often rotten in places check for soft spots.
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