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Joel Sunderland posted 06-14-2002 07:03 PM ET (US)   Profile for Joel Sunderland   Send Email to Joel Sunderland  
I have areas on spongy floor on a 72 outrage 21'. I am concerened water is getting below the deck. Is this just rain water. Would the foam be permanently damaged ?How do I check thoroughly? Can this be repaired ? If there are other postings regarding please direct me to them. thanks.
Whaler Proud posted 06-15-2002 12:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for Whaler Proud  Send Email to Whaler Proud     
Joel: There is an abundance of posts on this subject throughout the repairs section. A really fine thread with a lot of information on water logged foam is "Chainsaw Whaler". If you go back over the last two years and do a word search, you will find what you are looking for.

There is also many references to your problem in the reference section of the Whaler Forum. In the article on the history of Boston Whaler, you will find that they looked for soft spots as part of the quality check process.

I am not experienced enough (yet) to steer you to a cure, but there are at least 30 regular mebers who are (Big Shot, Tom Clark, LHG, Dick to name a few).

I do know, however that you need to be concerned about water below the fiberglass. It is repairable and this forum has all the info you will need to get it corrected.

David Ratusnik posted 06-15-2002 07:10 PM ET (US)     Profile for David Ratusnik  Send Email to David Ratusnik     
Joel- Many of us develop the same problem in our 80's/70's boats. I happen to have a couple new soft spots on the main floor panel covering the gas tank. Rec- do yourself or find a quality glass guy to R/R the floor panel. They can be rewooded, reglassed etc. Takes about 10 hours for the whole job I am told. Problem, wood within the glass floor is rotting. Hey, happens if the boat is used. Check a few rebuilders for price. .03 David

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