I am in need of some advice with the boat I live on. Iíd like to point out I currently have little knowledge about boats or the terminology used. So do excuse the Ďsimpleí description.
The boats deck
wood, approx 30 x 10 ft. The planks are led directly onto the inner supporting beams of the boat. Which makes for a pretty looking boat from the outside and in, but she leaks
a lot. The planks have previously been caulked (about 2 years ago) but since then have just been left, the wood hasnít been treated at all either in that time so itís all looking a bit tired and weather
beaten with visible slight splits in the wood itself aswell as gaps in the caulking lines. I live on the boat permanently and itís becoming a pain having to heave a 40 ft tarpaulin over whenever itís going to rain so I need to look to fix it before more rain kicks in.
My first thought was obviously to keep the deck
original, to recaulk it every year and treat the wood twice a year in-between. Iíve spoke to someone who specialises in caulking wooden boats in my area who has worked on my boat previously and he says to recaulk the deck would be pointless, due to the age and condition of the wood (boat built 1915), they cannot guarantee that the deck would ever remain leak free.
It has been suggested to take up all fixings and glue a huge sheet of ply wood cut to measure onto the original deck, then screw down all fixings on top. This seems to be the favourable options but Iíd be worried this would cause mold
under the ply/ on top of the original deck.
Has anyone got any other alternative solutions or had experience with the above idea with good/ bad results?!
Thanks in advance!! (-: