I am trying to determine if it's feasible to raise part of my deck
on my ferro-cement boat. The aft cabin
is really shallow and since I'm doing a full rebuild
I was thinking I would cut off the top of the deck
abaft of the cockpit
and raise it up about 6-8 inches.
I have to do repairs
back there anyway from some hurricane
damage. Also the builder
put quite a large amount of port space in the stern. I am going to rip out the homemade 'windows' he used and install something nicer.
So my thought was to fabricate some steel
bracing that I could mount inside the boat to keep everything rigid. Then basically cut off the deck in this area. Then fabricate some permanent steel
to act as a frame, tie back in with the existing hull
and add new cement on top using plywood
as a form.
The boat is in the water
right now, and I was trying to decide if I should leave it in the water
. I should still have room to do all the work, and my thinking is that the hull
would have a truer shape with the water pressing on it than it would have in the boatyard. I know ferro
isn't supposed to flex, but everything flexes some.
Does this sound like a disaster waiting to happen or a logical approach?