I've been looking at older Bahia
46s as I'm on a budget
and I've seen a few now with stress fractures on the deck
in front of the mast
. They tend to reach out from the mast
diagonally forward and outboard
, rippling the top layer of gel coat.
I'm wondering what's the best strategy for managing this situation as it's seems to be an inevitable aging failure that shows up after around fifteen years in service
One I had seen was left to fester and had de-laminated resulting in very high moisture reasons all across the deck
to hull! The sandwich core
was soaked and according to surveyor
would need to be completely ripped out and rebuilt. Engineers in the dock
yard reckoned it would also need struts to retain stiffness.
Pics attached are a much less dramatic example at the early stage of the process. It's not so easy to see in these photos but the contours are around a 5 to 10mm in places.
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