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Post Posted: Sun Mar 05, 2017 12:45 pm 
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Hey guys...

So... Now that I've pretty much got the boat sorted out, everything that I need working I've been looking closer at detail and while spending some time on my hands and knees around the forward front and sides of the center console I've noticed small areas on the deck have just a little bit of give to them... Not very soft or delaminatted fiberglass, no spider cracking... The areas I'm referring to are just around the two floor access ports on either side about even with the console seat back. I've read some threads on this and seen some video on repair options including core injection...

At this point I'm just vetilating the hull as best I can trying to dry out and kill mold in previously neglected areas. I don't beleive there are structural defects or weaknesses in the otherwise very solid hull but at some point I'm going to have to do something to keep it from getting worse, as I understand wood rot is a fungus and will not just go away...

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Post Posted: Sun Mar 05, 2017 3:40 pm 
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First thing to check is that any hardware that pentrate the deck is properly beded. Water intrusion form a unsealed screw or loose screw can wreck havoc with a wood core deck.

Odds are your deck is cored with end grain balsa. Water intrusion will rot it out in no time.

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Post Posted: Sun Mar 05, 2017 4:34 pm 
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How can you tell if it's properly sealed? This didn't happen overnight... Am I looking for sealant around the T-Top frame posts? Nothing obvious...

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Post Posted: Sun Mar 05, 2017 8:48 pm 
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T tops and leaning post mounts are the usual place for leaks, they could have been extra busy at the factory that day and forgot to use sealant or didn't use enough.

If you can't find any visual signs of sealant, you could always pull a bolt and check.

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Post Posted: Mon Mar 06, 2017 8:29 pm 
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The only thing around the soft spots with that discription are the forward T-Top posts... So I'll back the screws out and seal them with 5200 sealant then put some around the bases...

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Post Posted: Tue Mar 07, 2017 9:08 pm 
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thats actually not the correct way to do it. the proper way to install fasteners into a wood deck, is to over size the holes and fill with a thickened resin mixture. let it cure and then pilot drill your holes for your fasteners. then 5200 or 4200 the screws and install. but your idea should slow down water intrusion. keep in mind thats a high stress area, so once you see spider cracks in the gel around the bases its time to fix it completely.

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Post Posted: Tue Mar 07, 2017 9:38 pm 
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I'd like to add to Corey's post. You want to use epoxy resin since it is impervious to water.

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How much bigger then the fastener should the holes be drilled out? I always just figured a glob of 5200 would suffice.

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Post Posted: Tue Mar 14, 2017 6:48 pm 
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ceejkay wrote:
thats actually not the correct way to do it. the proper way to install fasteners into a wood deck, is to over size the holes and fill with a thickened resin mixture. let it cure and then pilot drill your holes for your fasteners. then 5200 or 4200 the screws and install. but your idea should slow down water intrusion. keep in mind thats a high stress area, so once you see spider cracks in the gel around the bases its time to fix it completely.


Yeah, that's beyond my skills but I'll keep an eye on the area.... If I can't fix things with 5200, I resort to a guy I know who rebuilds and works on boats for a living... I'm not quite there yet. Thanks for the info!

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Post Posted: Fri Mar 17, 2017 9:01 pm 
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How much bigger then the fastener should the holes be drilled out? I always just figured a glob of 5200 would suffice.

1-2 sizes bigger than the thread size is plenty. all you want is the wood to be sealed so that water wont be absorbed.

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