I just sold a 1989 Hunter
33.5 that had a rotted compression
post. We originally thought that the deck
had collapsed, because we couldn't tension the rig any further. Once the mast
was down we discovered that rain had gotten into the post and rotted it from the inside out.
We cut through the deck
to pull the post out, but I've seen other threads where they just cut it out without going through the deck. I'm glad we did it that way because we repaired the deck filler at the same time. We sealed the deck with a stainless steel
plate that covered the cut nicely.
The replacement post was made with laminated white oak, soaked in epoxy
to seal the ends. The carpenter
rewrapped the post in teak
. The finished job looks like the boat just came from the factory and it was worth the $10K that I spent.