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dragsmack posted 07-16-2003 05:34 PM ET (US)   Profile for dragsmack  
I have a 1971 16/17 that has recently developed a soft spot in the rear starboard deck and also in a few areas along the starboard side. I drilled a few holes along the side and one hole peeed for about 30 seconds. The other holes weeped some as well. I am baffled as to where the water is getting in. The paint is in really bad shape so I am wondering whether I should try the engine and console removal, sanding and fiberglass repair, and painting myself. My concerns are finding resources on how to fix the wet areas appropriately, is it best to sand or sandblast ( iam doing the inside as well), how do I find out and fix the chase if that is one source of water intrusion? And also, when you sand the interior are you automatically ruining the nonskid surface-- Is it possible that the integrity of the hull is ruined and this work would be in vain?--other than being tedious is it hard to sand the boat down evenly and well? any tips? Thanks in advance! any ideas and suggestions are appreciated!

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