... is a word that my 8 year old unfortunately learned last weekend when he went with me to the marina to have a proper look at "Rockhopper's" forehatch.
Here is the background:
The Mac26S came originally with a simple (I guess) fiberglass foredeck hatch. A previous owner upgraded this by installing a lewmar size 65 low profile hatch. Over the last three years this has increasingly started to leak around its frame. As the admiral does not like "Chinese torture" when she is resting on the front berth I promised her to fix this. I've had a closer look at the way it was put in and started dismantling it ...
The hatch frame was sealed with copious amounts of silicone (initially white, now mouldy black and grey) from the outside. I've removed all of this, it didn't really extend under the hatch frame, so did not form a gasket. The hatch istelf is much larger than the original fiberglass one. The latter had been completely cut out. It looks like the PO then smeared a great amount of Bondo or similar car body filler onto the remaining gelcoat and set the new hatch on top of this. The screwholes extend through to the headliner of the front berth, the bolts that were holding the hatch had been fixed with nuts from the inside and the holes then had been smeared over with probably more Bondo. As such I couldn't remove the bolts without removing these Bondo "dowels" first. At places the hatch frame was only resting on just under 1.5 cms of the original deck. I've managed to loosen most of the hatch off the deck, only two bolts are still holding it in position now. Most of the filler/Bondo under the metal hatch frame is simply coming off the original gelcoat with the help of a small screwdriver.
A complete hack, and yes my little boy has not only managed to add the above beautiful description of a foolish person to his vocabulary but also learned some more fruity German words out of his father's original mother tongue ...
When I've managed to clear all of it off, I will be left with an unsightly opening in my not completely flat but slightly bent foredeck and hopefull a not rotten deck core (not sure how much marine ply was used there and where but I do not see any wood where things had been cut).
I am wondering what is the best way forward.
My plan so far is:
To clean the area completely of any body filler and silicone residue. Then to cut to size two pieces of white pre-made fiberglass panels (one facing inside and one outside) with a piece of marine ply (covered in resin) sandwiched in between for stability. I'd glass all that in, in place of the Lewmar hatch. At least it should hopefully be waterproof then. I can then later put in a smaller opening hatch into this new panel.
Do you think this is feasible ? I'll take some pictures next time when I am at the marina, they might explain things a bit better.