Good day all,
Was hoping to solicit some advice on the best approach to repair a failed section of the deck
on my trimaran
. I have about a 1ft x 1ft section near a hatch
which I believe has failed likely due to the hatch
leaking. The section immediately near the hatch is very soft and spongy and appears to have sagged a small amount. From what I can tell the construction in the area is partially foam and partially balsa core
with plywood/fiberglass on top. The only damaged area looks to be the core
and the top plywood
, the bottom is dry and straight still.
The choices i've come up with are as follows and was wondering if some with more experience could give me advise.
A. Cut out the 1x1 section of deck
from top and replace balsa and foam as appropriate.
B. Drill and fill the section of deck with epoxy
and refiberglass top to bring deck surface back to level.
C. Since the section of deck is accessible from the cut out for the hatch I might be able to scrape out the foam and/or balsa from there and slide new foam and balsa between the damaged section.
I understand that cutting out the deck is probably the best approach, but is a lot more work and I've heard that it can compromise the overall strength of the deck requiring you to pull a much much larger section of deck out.