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Jason 35 with balsa deck core damage.

I am looking at a 1976 Jason 35 for sale that has some water infiltration around some thru deck fittings and these spots have become soft.

It appears to be the only problem with an otherwise beautiful boat, a classic Ted Brewer design that I would love to own if the deck can be dealt with.

Does anyone know the process for fixing/repairing soft spots on a balsa core deck?

Is this a game ending nightmare or a managable job by a capable individual?

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Re: Jason 35 with balsa deck core damage.

It really depends on the size of the rotten core sections. If you are just talking about little rings around bolts, then you can just clean the rot out with a hook, and fill the void with moderately thickened epoxy. If we are talking about large sections, then you have to cut one side of the skin out, replace the core, then replace the skin you removed.

Either way it is completely repairable, the question is how much it will cost, and the only way to know that is to have a yard quote out the work, assuming you can't or don't want to do the work yourself.
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Re: Jason 35 with balsa deck core damage.

When dealing with balsa core you will find that water can travel quite a distance from the point of entry. The more crown in the deck, the more open the kerf cuts (the cuts between the little square blocks) can allow this travel. So.... find someone who has a moisture meter and knows how to use it. You could be in for a lot more core replacement than you think. If it can be addressed from the inside, it may be less expensive than you think.
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Re: Jason 35 with balsa deck core damage.

Well, it's certainly a boat that deserves to be restored. The Jason 35 is a lovely boat in every respect. I think that recoring won't cost much in materials, just labour. If you are handy and can do it yourself, it shouldn't be a deal breaker. Maybe you can ask for a reduction on the sale price to deal with the deck rot.
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