This next "challenge" has started to weigh on my mind a little...
Since removing a substantial amount of the hull
below the waterline (blistering) and then removing the mast
on the way), and finally removing the cabin sole
to start cleaning
... I've noticed some cracks in the support members nearest the mast compression
You can see the hull
The thing is, I need to have the hull re-glassed, and I'm worried that if it has sagged then when it goes back in the water
and wants to sit back into it's natural shape, the new glass on the hull will perhaps prevent this, or cause yet more cracks in the new glass!
The tricky part is, I'm not sure if these cracks are new or not, they do look to have dirt in them you see. Also worthy of mention is a crack in the hull above the front edge of the keel
(not pictured yet) which may have resulted from a previous impact (this crack was spotted soon after we came out of the water
, and definitely doesn't look new)...
There are loads of ribs built into the hull, it does seem very solidly constucted. Boat is 37' and weighs around 16,000lbs.
I was thinking about putting the mast back up (one I've checked the base of the compression
post) and tightening up the new rig... the armchair thinking here being that it might help to reduce the sag?