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Old 20 February 2017, 03:51   #1
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Not good - found at weekend!

Hi All

So on Saturday I had about 2 hours to spend on the boat. Hmm what to do in only a couple of hours?

So decided to start stripping the jockey seats and existing non-slip patches on the deck.

Jockey seats are glued (which I expected) bit how to get them off without cracking them - will need a long blade to get underneath them. Fairynuff - not a major problem.

Then I lifted the non-slip patches - hard work but when removing the last one I found a crack in the fibreglass and the ply underneath is rotten. AAARGH!

My intention is to strip up as much deck as necessary then patch in.

And there was me thinking this refurb would be easy...................!!

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Old 20 February 2017, 04:38   #2
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Think I've learnt the hard way. A refurb is about quadruple what you expect. Unless your a seasoned refurb guy.

Got any pics? Plenty of people here who know what they are doing to offer advise.
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Old 20 February 2017, 06:44   #3
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Do you know what year it is? My ~2004 vintage Ribtec also had a fairly soggy/soft deck in places - they didn't seal the underside of the ply at all at the factory, presumably to save a (very) few pounds and a bit of time...

I had a yard pull the whole deck off last year, and some of the stringers also hadn't been fully sealed and were rotting at the top, and so we ended up doing quite a bit of work to completely make everything good again, and fit a new deck. And this deck has been properly sealed underneath, all cuts in it sealed, and all screw holes sealed!
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Old 20 February 2017, 09:27   #4
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Hi Paul

I will know more when I strip out the soggy patch - am now more worried! Will be a week or so before I can update but watch this thread!

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