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weaverf posted 08-10-2001 10:39 AM ET (US)   Profile for weaverf   Send Email to weaverf  
I have a old pre 72 16 foot Whaler which I got from surplus/Marines. It is in bad shape. The floor had several large holes in it and there is definately water in the foam. I have tapped on the hull and it seems to be adhered to the faom but it would not surprise me if it was delaminated in some spots. Also the floor is delaminated in some spots. I do not know which way to go. My first option would be to repair the hull and the holes in the floor. Then I could pull a vacuum to get the water out. But is the areas of delamination a big deal???? My second option would be to pull the floor and foam out, put a layer of mat and resin on the current inside of the hull for strength, add foam stringers, then place a plywood (coated with resin) floor in, then put some type of foam back in between the floor and hull to bond them together. Can someone shed some light on which way to proceed. I have looked over the forum repies so I am familiar with that information.
LarrySherman posted 08-10-2001 06:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for LarrySherman  Send Email to LarrySherman     
I have another option for you, which might be eaiser than pulling the floor out. I'm honestly not sure, but I think it will work, and be much faster than trying to split the hulls.

Flip the boat over, and with a circular saw, cut all the way around the boat, about 2 to 3 inches below the waterline. Pop the bottom off the boat. Now, with show boxes, make up "bricks" of foam. Cut out old sections of foam in brick shape, then replace with new. Fair the new brick to match the old foam. If you uncover damaged glass durring foam replacement, repair as necessary, then do foam. Put bottom back on boat and glass it up.

If its a real beater, I think this would be worth a try. The seam will be below the waterline, underneth bottom paint, so you will never see it.

Just an idea, don't hold me responsible!

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