Not loving my L400 today!
Whilst installing watermaker
feed to water tanks
I discovered bracket fungus growing on water
tank mounting floor. Armed with a screwdriver I prodded the ply floor that the tanks
sit on and found that the section between the two tanks in front of the mast compression
beam is very soft. Eaten by the fungus! Not good, especially in a 4 year old boat! Ours is hull
This area is not critically structural. If it totally rotted the two 300 litre tanks would drop to rest on the hull
bottom not far below. The retaining brackets would probably break under the increased load due to no support from below.
Replacing this section is going to be a PITA job. Removing tanks and then doing a big cut out, grind back and re glass job inside the front locker is not going to be an enjoyable event.
It reinforces my long held opinion that wood in boats is something to be avoided! Any timber is too much! I know people with whole boats built with the stuff. I feel sorry for them! Pity I couldn't afford to buy a cat the size of a L400 constructed without any wood.
Fellow L400 owners, I suggest that you go screwdriver prodding in the front locker. Pay special attention to the horizontal ply base that the water tanks sit on. If it is sound, rejoice, and protect the area against future water ingress and rot
. I suggest a liberal soaking with Everdure or similiar. If you find rot
in this area; I send my commiserations!