Cruisers Forum

Join CruisersForum Today

Thread Tools Rate Thread Display Modes
Old 11-06-2009, 17:33   #1
Registered User
daveyjustin's Avatar

Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Bellingham, WA
Posts: 26
Soft Decks - Loss of Structural Integrity?

The hull of my fiberglass 25 ft folkboat is bulletproof, but the deck has a lot of de-lamination. I want to take the boat south from the great lakes to the Caribbean this september/october. The cabin top is solid fiberglass but the decks are cored. It's a full keel boat with heavy ballast and is very stable. A similar design to the Contessa 26. Do I need to be worried about the structural integrity of this small boat for this trip south with soft decks???? Can't afford the time and money to fix the decks yet.

Any experience sailing "soft"?

daveyjustin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-06-2009, 17:57   #2
Registered User

Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 1,156
You might be ok IF.... 1) the interior bulkheads are in good shape and provide structural integrity from keeping the hull from collapsing inward; 2) the chainplates and other rig attachments to the hull are in good shape and secured; 3) there is minimal risk of damage to the hull from backstay and forestay tension, since the deck is weakened; and 4) the deck is strong enough to support the weight of you, your crew, and whatever else might hit it.
speedoo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-06-2009, 17:58   #3
Registered User
Allan S's Avatar

Join Date: May 2008
Location: Lake Ontario, Canada
Boat: Seafarer 38 cutter rigged
Posts: 257
Images: 5
Send a message via MSN to Allan S
I just replaced the cabin top in my Coronado 25. It had a fiberglass topside with 1/4 marine ply adhered to the underneath, or deckhead. I wish now that I used 1/2 or even 3/4 inch ply as the replacement as the deck still oilcans under my weight.

With 5'6" headroom and me being 6'3" and using an antique 7" angle grinder made the job pretty awfull. It can be done but you got to love your boat.

Don't be stingy with the thickness of the replacement ply. Use a resin epoxy, doesn't matter what brand. I found success after the third attemp with a resin epoxy. Damn the expense. (I am a cheap bastard). Good luck to you and keep us posted on your progress.....Allan
Our Coronado 25, Not named yet!
Allan S is offline   Reply With Quote

core, delamination, soft decks, wood core

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Structural Integrity of Deck Salon Boats Paragon01 Monohull Sailboats 22 14-01-2009 18:52
Another Sailboat loss wlshor Cruising News & Events 3 30-11-2008 21:02
RPM Loss Question ssullivan Engines and Propulsion Systems 9 04-06-2008 12:59
A Grounding, Total Loss Jim H General Sailing Forum 14 24-12-2005 08:57
Instant Weight Loss GordMay Provisioning: Food & Drink 6 25-08-2005 00:34

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -7. The time now is 07:01.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Social Knowledge Networks
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.

ShowCase vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.