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Sole replacement ideas,

Some one on here yesterday, or the day before posted something about replaceing/filling under his cabin sole with concrete ???? Anyway, I can't find the post, I see the one by 'Squidd" about his sole replacement. Anyone know where it went? Thanks.
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Re: Sole replacement ideas,

I don't know if I have the best method... but I'm pretty sure filling the bildge with concrete is not a good idea..
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Re: Sole replacement ideas,

Right, My C&C 26 has 'pockets' under the 'teak and holly', and that other post got me thinking about it. I liked your idea about filling with 'chopped fiberglass', or some such stuff. But I do like the idea of the added weight down low. "Just saying", ha, ha. Thanks.
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Re: Sole replacement ideas,

something to keep in mind with filling those pockets.. and this may sound counterintuitive.. You will make the hull stiffer in those areas by filling them. This will affect how the hull flexes when underway and when in any kind of rough weather. You could very easily be strengthening an area that was not meant to be strengthened and in doing so, subjecting other areas to newer and higher levels of stress they were not designed to handle.

If you want to add weight down low and do not want to use those areas for storage. I would build something to fit into the space, not something that fills it
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Re: Sole replacement ideas,

Spray in or pour in floatation foam might seem to be good, but the bottom line is you'll never find the leak that sinks you if completely cover your hull.
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Re: Sole replacement ideas,

Both very good points. Thanks.
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Re: Sole replacement ideas,

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Spray in or pour in floatation foam might seem to be good, but the bottom line is you'll never find the leak that sinks you if completely cover your hull.
I know this to be true. My first boat was a 1960s something 16 foot power boat. The PO thought it would be a good idea to spray in foam, cover the stringers and try to glass in the deck. I never did figure out where the water came from, but I ended up drilling holes in the deck to pump it out.
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