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Old 09-05-2012, 21:35   #1
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hunter 27 compression post

I have a 1981 h27 that has approxmately a 5/16" downward deflection on cabin sole under compression post. The solid post appears to be sound. There is no noticeable deflection at cabin top. I will be pulling boat out of water next 3 months. I am thinking that I should drop mast, change steaming and anchor lights to led's, and while mast is down lift cabin top and see what is happining at the sole. This boat has a very shallow bilge and where comp post rest is maybe 5" from underside of hull. Question? Does anyone out there know what is under post, steel, wood, fiberglass...? I know most of you will say dont worry about it or throw it away...not an option, this boat has been in my family since 1983 and is otherwise in better than new condition. It would be very helpful if anyone has knowledge of the build under post. thanks
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Old 27-10-2012, 20:26   #2
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Re: soft core under mast step.

This is because the mast is stepped atop cored deck material-- a common cost-cutting trick of this period. Before you go to much trouble 'recoring' the deck (which will not help the problem anyway, so long as where the mast steps is concerned), consider filling it with epoxy. This is what I did all over my deck and it's rock-solid.
I wrote about repairing rotten cored decks in my blog; if the moderators will allow the link. It's a precise procedure but one which, if followed correctly, is simple and cost-effective to do. And it pretty much solves the problem for ever.

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