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Re: Spongey Deck-Converted to Anchor Locker

This is the slot where the 12 x 4 piece with the kerfs will fit. Hard to see the curvature but its there. I already coated the remaining good balsa core with a few coats of epoxy to start with.
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Re: Spongey Deck-Converted to Anchor Locker

Today I apply glass cloth to the inside walls of the locker. Using a heavier grade cloth than usual as this is going to be the most abused location on my boat for sure. Galvanized Danforth anchor has a lot of sharp points angles and the chain and shackles aren't much softer either. Hoping all the damp deck core is bone dry and I can start inserting my replacement 3/8" core plywood too. This is a slow process but quite affordable for me. One thing I like about doing this work myself is I am totally familiar with every square inch of the bow of my boat. This can only be an advantage as I should know whats up with all the equipment/fixtures above and below deck during an emergency repair, perhaps even at night while at sea.
Hope someone is reading this forum much later tonight because they are out sailing right now like I'd rather be...
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Re: Spongey Deck-Converted to Anchor Locker

Today the core was almost dry. Still wet in one corner so I did prep work on glassing the plywood locker sides and rear bulkhead. I also cut and kerfed the last piece of 3/8" ply for the core replacement. I then removed the front mount for the stay-turnbuckle as I suspected a weak deck joint there and I was right. Added 3 layers of biaxial cloth with epoxy and now have a good connection. Look in the photo and you can see the shiny area with fresh epoxy. You can also see all remnants/globs of the yellow spray foam someone tried to fix the core with with. I think since I have easy (well, sort of ...) access, I'll go ahead and glass the entire seam on both sides. Its only about 3 linear feet per side. This should tie the front deck securely so any cleats or fittings bolted to the deck will have a sturdy connection to the main hull as well. Overkill maybe, but I love the idea of never having to worry about something failing or leaking later on. Running low on epoxy, hope my shipment arrives soon!!!!
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Re: Spongey Deck-Converted to Anchor Locker

So how did this end up turning out?
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Re: Spongey Deck-Converted to Anchor Locker

Funny you should ask... I ended up renovating the entire boat from the keel up...

One little project snowballed quite a bit I must say...

Hope to be done in two weeks...Have plenty of picture of the progress...

Promise I'll post the results...

Hope everyone is ending the year on a good note...

Bruce L
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