AH, Kanter does indeed have a great reputation as a builder
. While I do not have any personal experience with the Kanter 45, I have owned a steel
and therefore can make a few suggestions:
1. Rust is not the result of water 'dripping'; rather, it is undoubtedly the result of water being trapped. Once the floor is removed, you may want to ensure that there are adequate limber holes in the problem areas.
2. If there are actual holes through the plating, I would want the entire hull
assessed by an expert. There are likely other areas where the plating is thin, even if no actual holes have developed.
decks are much less of a concern on a steel boat - leaks
will not lead to delamination
as they do in frp/composite construction. I would definitely NOT encapsulate the teak with glass and epoxy
: apart from the weight, you will only be sealing in any rust (and moisture between the deck
and the teak), exacerbating the problem. Are you able to remove the headliner
in order to inspect under the decks/house? This should enable you to assess the extent of any problems. If you are still concerned, I would remove all the teak, weld the screw holes, grind smooth and then sandblast and paint
- a very time-consuming task, to be sure.
Good luck. As I recall
, the original Kanter 45 was a Ted Brewer design and should prove to be a very capable cruiser.