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I am considering purchasing a J120.  The chainplates have been leaking. What is the construction of the bulkhead on a J120? Fiberglass? Plywood?

I removed the lower chainplate bolt and the bulkhead appeared to be a hard solid material. Any insight would be helpful. Thanks.

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It is cored, believe it is a closed cell foam. But if they are leaking then i suspect the core in the deck is also wet, which is balsa, so extra investigation should be conducted. Is this euro trash girl?

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Thanks for the core info.

Yup. Euro Trash Girl. The deck is wet around the chainplate. I can fix that but I didn't want to get into a deck and major bulkhead repair. I have agreed to purchase her. Now I "just" need to get the rig taken down and get her shipped to Michigan.

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Congrats!  Was there moisture in the bulkhead?  I don’t think the core was sealed at the top of the bulkhead so leaks could let water into the core.  

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The bulkhead didn't appear to be wet using a moisture meter. I will know more when I get the boat here and I can remove the chainplates. If it is wet, it should dry out pretty easily. I will post an update when I get into it. The challenge now is getting the mast un-stepped and getting the boat shipped from Maryland to Michigan.

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What yard is the boat in now?  Jabins?  If so, they should be able to pull the stick and put the boat on a trailer for you with no issue other than cost :P

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If you need a rigger to help, reach out to Harney Rigging.  He is responsive, reasonably priced and should be able to get you set!  I know he does work on a lot of boats South of Annapolis.

 

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