We recently restored a boat with a small area (7 inch circle) of deck rot
by removing the bad area from below and replacing with new wood. This was pretty simple and straight-forward.
A used boat
just came to my attention that was surveyed and is known to have wet decks from bow to cockpit
. It's a shame, because the rest of the boat is very clean and nice, and the price
has dropped accordingly.
Now, I've seen the application of Git-Rot before-- the pattern of small holes, the drying out, the application of the two-part fluid until absorption stops. Now, even in a perfect application I know that some of the strength properties of the original wood are lost
, but it supposedly prevents further rot
. Also, I've not too concerend about filling the holes and painting the decks afterwards (having prepped and painted decks before).
Alternatively, we could use the "work from below" method again and remove the bad core
and replace it with new plywood
. The boat in question is a Cal
2-25, and I've read about this being done with a Cal
So, what's the board wisdom on this? Should we run away from wet decks, or are there straight-forward (though time consuming) solutions that are worth while?