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Old 15-03-2006, 17:14   #1
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rotted decks

The fellow next to us has just purchased a 1973 Columbia 45 and after the purchase has found that he has many large soft spots in the deck. He has asked me how to repair this and I have told him how to rip it out & build anew. To no ones surprise he's a bit distraught over this proposition and is trying desperately to find a simpeler solution ... from using gallons of "Git-Rot" to pumping resin into the rotted areas etc. etc. I have told him that I see no way that any of that is going to work properly ... but then again ... I certainly don't know all there is to know about working on boats, and on more than one occassion, forum members have helped me out ..... so .... anybody know of any wonder cures that I'm not aware of?

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Old 15-03-2006, 18:29   #2
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You gave him the right answer. If we could come up with "core in a can", we would have serious tax problem from all that income.
Dare we ask about surveyor ?

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Old 15-03-2006, 19:08   #3
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As you may have suspected ... he bought the boat as "turn Key" and presumed a survey was not necessary.
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Ouch... my god.... that hurts.

Well, if he has time off of work, he could do the project himself... otherwise he's probably looking at a totaled boat.

Wow... wish he came on the forum to ask some quesitons before rushing out to buy that thing. I feel bad for the guy.

He must get out the saw and grinder.... cut away.
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Old 15-03-2006, 20:24   #5
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Bob, can you post a photo so we can see the extent of the damage and maybe be able top better advise???
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Alan,
I have no photos but you wouldn't see the damage any how. The deck looks fine but is soft when you walk on it.

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I think I would "lawyer up" and let the seller know I planned to get him a legal procto. I have to suspect the seller knew, and hid the info from the buyer. Seller may want to refund or share in the repair rather than deal with lawyers. Worth a shot.

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