Thru-deck chain plates with those little screwed-down escutcheon plates always leak eventually. I'll bet water from there contributed to the core damage. Since you have it all opened up, make sure that the core is cut back all around the chain plate penetration and the that the inner and outer fiberglass skins are sealed together with thickened epoxy to keep water out of the core the next time the chain plates leak. Yes, it involves removing each chain plate (which probably need inspecting anyway) but, depending on the rig, you should be able to do it one at a time with the spar in. An idea that I like (but have not personally tried) is to build up a little boss of epoxy putty around the chain plate penetration so that the escutcheon plate is sitting 'up on a hill', above deck level, cutting down on ingress of water when the caulk/sealant fails (as it will). And as to sealing, I have tried silicone, Lifecaulk, and butyl. The jury's still out but so far the butyl has been successful where the others failed.So, last deck fixes prior to priming (sanding and gouge fairing 80% done.
One or more POs drilled through, didn't seal properly, and a later PO filled the hole with silicon. Silicon plug came out as a worm, so up until the silicon was put in, the balsa was probably ok.
Will finish tomorrow, half done with feathering.
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Yeah, photo is missing a step sitting about 2 inches higher (the aluminum angle in the pic supports the step.as an owner of a project boat I empathize with your journey, well done.
But I gotta ask. are you going to put some sort of protection around the window shaker ac unit? I could see myself kicking that damn thing every time I went down below...
I agree, but with nmea2k finally being decoded to a point where either Arduino or rpi etc can be used as a sniffer, manipulator and resender of codes without too much trouble, then the network itself is the core and won't go obsolete for decades.The nice thing about electronics is that they provide all sorts of great info. The bad thing about electronics is that as soon as you install them, they are obsolete and make your boat look like a dinosaur.
I agree, but with nmea2k finally being decoded to a point where either Arduino or rpi etc can be used as a sniffer, manipulator and resender of codes without too much trouble, then the network itself is the core and won't go obsolete for decades.
Fancy hi speed networking of radar, cameras and overlays etc seems to still be in development (manufacturers proprietary hi speed networking) but I am not so interested in that.
This way I can also add as many environmental sensors as I like relatively inexpensively, enough to have fun playing anyway.
Thanks! The deck is noticeably cooler to the feet than when it was previously chalky gel of simulate color.Looks nice! Practical color too, not too hot in the sun (I'm guessing), not as much glare as stark white.