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Old 19-08-2010, 21:16   #1
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I'm looking at older boats, 35 years or younger, and am finding problems with water intrusion (duh) and am trying to figure out where the deal-breaker line is. What is tolerable and repairable, at reasonable cost? I was on a boat tonight that was in pretty good shape, overall, except a near-trampoline cockpit sole. Where do you draw the line?
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Old 19-08-2010, 22:09   #2
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If the cockpit is as bad as it sounds, I'd leave well alone.
I had water in the foredeck of my Bristol 40 a few years ago & though it was successfully repaired, it took me close to 7 weeks of intense work to make it right. I suspect it would have cost well in excess of $5K if I'd had a yard do it. Happy to share details if you want to proceed. The difference between you & me is that I already owned the problem.
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Ouch. Thanks John.
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Depends on the material and your ability to solve the problems. I have teak over plywood which although prone to problems is pretty straight forward to fix. Fiberglass with a wood core is much more problematic from what I've seen.
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Its balsa cored glass...
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