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Old 21 August 2011, 13:42   #61
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I do have a pressure washer but I'm 95% sure it will be mainly fresh water that will have got down there!

Really useful table at west systems website in terms of what fillers to use for what application. See WEST SYSTEM | Filler Selection Guide

Looks like either Silica or Microfibres (if they are small enough) are ideal!
I've not used the micro fibres, but coilloidal silica works a treat
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Old 21 August 2011, 14:17   #62
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I've not used the micro fibres, but coilloidal silica works a treat
Seems to be much of a muchness between Silica and Microfibres for this purpose. Thanks for the intro on west systems - looks to be really good stuff!!!
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Old 21 August 2011, 15:54   #63
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How about putting a car interior heater( or another small heater) inside the locker and simultaneously maintaining good ventilation. Think this would make sure it will dry properly. Moister tends to dry much better upwards than in any other direction, thus additional heat would be good. However safety is an issue, you don't want to burn Your boat....

Hell of a job(if even possible?) would be to remove say 10 cm around the hatch opening the plywood(from underside with small circular saw cutting the depth of the plywood ) and then replace with fresh material doing a proper job/finsh.
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How about putting a car interior heater( or another small heater) inside the locker and simultaneously maintaining good ventilation. Think this would make sure it will dry properly. Moister tends to dry much better upwards than in any other direction, thus additional heat would be good. However safety is an issue, you don't want to burn Your boat....

Hell of a job(if even possible?) would be to remove say 10 cm around the hatch opening the plywood(from underside with small circular saw cutting the depth of the plywood ) and then replace with fresh material doing a proper job/finsh.
Yeah that's what I was thinking about in terms of the fan heater. I'd also thought about using a halogen worklight (150w) as most of that 150w will be heat.

In terms of the repair, I had initially planned to remove the wood under the ply with a powerfile (leaving top fibreglass intact) but I recconed that the bond point between the new and old would then be a weak point and I'd need to glass in some struts underneath. There is also not a lot of room in the locker so space for tools is limited! At present the ply doesn't appear to be rotten (just delaminating) so adding the resin should both stabalise it and re-bond it. With the filler compound in the resin mix I would guess that it will then be stronger that the original ply or that's the hope! All credit to Pikey Dave re the repair method!
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Just had another thought.... I have 2 of those re-chargeable silica gel moisture absorbing thingies. f I removed the anchor & other cr*p from the locker I could then drop them in and hopefully dry out the wood (assuming of course the locker is now sealed which I hope it is)
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Checked my 2010 RIBcraft 4.8m today and seems okay. I didn't take the hatch off, but felt underneath and could feel rubber sealant all the way around. I'll take a couple of digital pictures to confirm.
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Checked my 2010 RIBcraft 4.8m today and seems okay. I didn't take the hatch off, but felt underneath and could feel rubber sealant all the way around. I'll take a couple of digital pictures to confirm.
Sounds like they have used the correct amount of sealant on yours. Would be interesting to see some pics if you did manage to get them!
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Cuprinol make a product called wet rot
Hardener, you could syringe this in and it works really well. You can then screed resin/microfibres in to the gaps.

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Thanks for that. Cuprinol stuff looks good. Am working with Ribcraft and will post the final solution once we've worked it out!
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My Ribcraft 4.8m (yr 05) anchor locker always has about an 1 inch of water in it & the seat console about 1/8 inch . I presumed this was normal! Should I be worried?
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