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  1. I agree that foam in inaccessible places will likely fail - eventually. Unfortunately I do not know of another alternative but to protect it as best one can. Sooner or later someone will forget to secure the drain, a structural failure somewhere, a knockdown, or even a wave investigating the lazarette being left open. The foamular 250 is quite moisture resistant but as you state it probably would not survive downeast winters when wet. To avoid this am bagging it in very heavy heat sealed plastic bags. Not being exposed to sunlight they should last quite a while. I once kissed a submerged
  2. I opened both sides of the cockpit and removed about a 60 or 70 pounds of wet foam. Portions of this deck was seriously delaminated. Fortunately areas along the sides and trunk mostly OK. Per previous it looks like builder added a second layer of mat after top was removed from mold - don't know what happened but the two layers separated and I could take them apart mostly by hand. Somewhere along the line someone added a layer of white gelcoat over the original non skid. Of course gel coat very bad shape. I am nearing the end of taking it all off. Fastyyacht was right - B B Crowinsheild's dust
  3. In my case there was no doubt about water logged foam. Reaching in through the CB bolt access you could feel the squishy foam. I just completed cutting out portions of the cockpit deck along both sides of the CB trunk. Each side contained roughly 5 or 6 feet of 9" x 2" foam that was complete trash. I cut about 3" in from the trunk and 7 or 8" from the coaming from the start of the trunk to about 3" from the after bulkhead. There is a small drain hole from this area to the lazarette. There is a very light gauge stringer about 5" from the coaming running part way from the aft bulkhead to the len
  4. Thanks for the reply. Opened the cockpit deck. All the foam completely saturated. The stuff that was in there should never have been on any boat - you could ring it out like a sponge. On other hand things better than i had feared. The cockpit layup/support could have been better and there was some de lamination in the center areas where it would take the crew weight. In any case does not look to be formidable. I thought when I got rid of my 1912 Crowinshield and switched to plastic that I would be maintenance free. Not to be. Hugh
  5. Have an older Cl16 that had been in the water for some time with a loose centerboard bolt. Even though taken out of the water after each use it resulted in badly water-logging foam fill between cockpit deck and hull. Cockpit deck very soft. Does any one have knowledge of construction - foam and plywood, stringers? About to cut open the cockpit but received a suggestion that splitting the hull might be better. Not sure if splitting would work with what I can see of construction - CB trunk attached both hull and shell. Perhaps other area near bow same. Would greatly appreciate thought/
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