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The deck on one hull has gone soft and there's ~8mm of flex in the worst area...... right where my butt tends to be :D

The router is about to be plunged into the offending deck section for removal and judging by the images from the endoscope the substructure battens have separated from the plywood in a couple of spots and the foam bulkheads appear to have broken down slightly from their height.

The deck removal is the easy part...... but what to re-attatch it with..... :confused:

what glue or epoxy is best suited for this job, and equally important .... from where

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Instead of a router, you can use a Stanley knife to cut through the ply & re-use the piece you cut off. Unless it's too rotten of course.

Generally ply boats are made with epoxy glues & resins, so it's best to stick with those.

Recently I've had success using carbon-fibre cloth and West System 105 Epoxy Resin + West System 206 slow Hardener. I have used the carbon tape as reinforcing strapping, where tensions loads have caused the original timber to fail.

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Maybe you could use it to re-attach the battens, or clad the battens with it to stiffen them.

A West System daler near you is Graham at Warrnambool Timber Industries, 1284-1304 Raglan Parade, Warrnambool 3280, Phone 03 5562 5460.

An internet order supplier is Carbon Fibre Australia, at Warragul Vic:

- carbon tape http://www.carbonfiber.com.au/category4_1.htm

- resin: http://www.carbonfiber.com.au/category3_1.htm

Alternatively, use epoxy from the local hardware store, and standard fibreglass cloth reinforcing.

Eg; Super-strength Araldite (not the 5minute, as it turns to goo when wet), or

- StayBond epoxy (from Mitre10) http://www.norglass.com.au/products/staybond-epoxy-glue

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Instead of a router' date=' you can use a Stanley knife to cut through the ply & re-use the piece you cut off. Unless it's too rotten of course.[/quote']

The rear section had been damaged, replaced but left un-protected from the elements so its warped and cracked slightly, the size is insignificant enough to not repair it properly....... took 2mins with the router set to a 3mm depth cut...... took me longer to set up the router than the actual cut :o

Thanks for the info regarding the rest of my question.....

I'll give Graham a call tomorrow and discuss it further with him

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