I like what Mark said in reply #1. You can repair an Albert spongy deck for cost of materials in a weekend or less. The 29' is very similar to the Albert 30- of which 700 were built by Whidby Boat Company. whitby's boats were built with a super heavy inner and outer deck skin, with 1/2" balsa core between. If water
gets in the core, it's almost impossible to dry out. But it's fairly easy to cut the top skin of the deck off, scrape out the black mushy dotted core back to good balsa, clean and dry the bottom deck skin with acetone, then bed
a new foam core patch into the deck with fiberglass
structural putty, and glass on a new deck layer. Use foam core than is cut into small squares and held together with a backing sheet. This will lay down to the camber of the deck really well. Use a skill saw to cut off the old deck layer, but DO NOT cut the inner, lower skin- this retains the shape of the deck and gives you a ready made mold
to lay the new material back on. Foam core does not absorb water
and provides excellent rigidity in the patch, particularly if you scrape out an inch or so around the edges of the patch and sand which and bed
the core in amongst the original good balsa core. Then overlap the patch 6" or so with the existing glass, and use a belt sander to fair smooth after everything has cured out for a day or so. Finish with a couple coats of resin to smooth out the mat and roving, sand again lightly and paint
to match. You will, never know there was a deck repair by looking at it.
Personally, I don't see the need to use epoxy. It's expensive and incompatible with future fiberglass
, so why use it. If you put Epoxy over glass, epoxy will adhere just fine, but glass over the epoxy fix latter on may fail and separate under torrisional loads- so say the epoxy manufacturers. it's a different kind of bond. Also many epoxies don't saturate mat and roving very well - which is where the real strength is in fiberglass lay ups. Any decent marine
grade fiberglass resin will save you a ton of money
, be easier and more compatible to install, and be perfectly strong for the job.
I replaced my cockpit
with entirely new floor and sides, and recored entire rear deck on my Alberg 30
. I finished the rear deck recore in one weekend. Once you get into it- it's easy.
Also- you can sign up for the Alberg 30
list serve. I think there is a link to on Alberg30.org. There are plenty of Alberg owners there who will be happy to share their upgrade and repair experiences.
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