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Old 30 April 2007, 17:01   #1
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Deck Repair

I have a crack in my deck, its about 4" long and an area around it feels as if it's delaminated.

I was going to grind out the delaminated area and bodge in some glass mat and resin before painting the hull with Protecta-Kote.

Is this the best way to go about it?
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Old 30 April 2007, 17:06   #2
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Old 30 April 2007, 17:11   #3
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No its my Ribtec, the SR4 is sadly for sale at the moment on Ebay
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Not sure if this will be of any help, but the link below contains some useful tips on how to repair a hole in a laser dinghy. I'd have thought a similar technique would be just the job for fixing your newly ground out hole in the deck

http://www.lasersailing.com/article/...-fixing-a-hole

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Old 01 May 2007, 13:39   #5
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Not sure if this will be of any help, but the link below contains some useful tips on how to repair a hole in a laser dinghy. I'd have thought a similar technique would be just the job for fixing your newly ground out hole in the deck

http://www.lasersailing.com/article/...-fixing-a-hole

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Thanks for that Andy. It wont work in my case as there will be a sub surface to bond the repair material to (I hope) so it should be more straight forward.
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John, assuming you are keeping her, then I would open up the edges and clean the whole area with an angle grinder and fill with thickened epoxy resin, then laminate over the top with glass cloth and more epoxy. Although its more expensive I am led to believe it bonds better to old fibreglass and held a diving bottle rack in my Osprey for 5 years without the slightest crack.

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John is this crack recent, just wondering how much water could have got ito the ply underneath? how would one deal with that would you cut back to dry wood?

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John is this crack recent, just wondering how much water could have got ito the ply underneath? how would one deal with that would you cut back to dry wood?

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The answer to both your questions is, I don't know

I think the crack was there when I bought it, i've silkaflexed it as a temporary repair. There is a spongy area which is about the size of a hand, I plan to grind out any lay-up which is not well bonded and then repair the area (unless advised otherwise).

If the ply is wet underneath I'll seek further advice. The problem is the weather, spare days spent working on the rib are days missed on the water.
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The problem is the weather, spare days spent working on the rib are days missed on the water.
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They are also ideal at the moment to dry out the ply once the damage is cut back.

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John the two different coloured gel coats suggests someone has been there before you. Surely the area is in the side of the hull not the deck? was there a fitting there in the past perhaps ? like a lifting eye

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