I'm looking at purchasing
a 1979 41' Defever and had a question regarding the flex in the flybridge floor. I'm coming from the wooden boat/no-flybridge world so I have no experience in what is acceptable in regards to the amount of flex and whether or not what I'm seeing could be indicative of another problem.
This model has a pretty large flybridge. I'll go ahead and guess it's around 12' long but I only see 2 laminated support beams in the cabin
. It doesn't appear that the flybridge or aft cabin
top ever had teak
. I had my friend walk on the flybridge (140 pounds) while I was in the cabin and do some light bouncing and the flex was noticeable as was the creaking fiberglass
sound. If I had to guess I'd say 1/2" movement when in the area between the beams.
Having little experience with large flybridges or fiberglass
boats (my last boat was a 30' wooden weekender) I'm wondering if this could be normal or is this definitely a sign of deteriorated plywood
in the cabin top? (I'm assuming this is a glass over plywood
cabin... maybe someone can correct me). Is a little give in the flybridge normal or are they supposed to be tight as a drum?
There are no other indicators of rot
ingress anywhere else on the boat and obviously the surveyor
should be able to give some good insight but I thought I'd check here first to get some insight. Thanks.