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Re: Leaky hull deck joint going to be tricky to repair
Is seems the builder made a major mistake in not 'glassing over the top of the join/bulwark in the first place. Shooting bolts through it, with plywood spacers for filler, was another mistake. (End grain balsa might have reduced water transmission.) The real fix would be to remove the teak cap, remove the plywood, remove any damaged teak strips, remove the bolts, replace the ply & teak with something that won't rot - nomex, perhaps? - 'glass over the top while encapsulating the new core, and then put the bolts back and re-cap it with teak or whatever. It may cost more than four new suits of sails to do this, and you also want to make sure it is done properly, so that the hull and deck don't shift anywhere. Not a weekend project.
Last edited by paulk; 08-27-2012 at 11:16 PM.