Repairing Wet Decks

We recently restored a boat with a small area (7 inch circle) of deck rot by removing the bad area from below and replacing with new wood. This was pretty simple and straight-forward.

A used boat just came to my attention that was surveyed and is known to have wet decks from bow to cockpit. It’s a shame, because the rest of the boat is very clean and nice, and the price has dropped accordingly.

Now, I’ve seen the application of Git-Rot before– the pattern of small holes, the drying out, the application of the two-part fluid until absorption stops. Now, even in a perfect application I know that some of the strength properties of the original wood are lost, but it supposedly prevents further rot. Also, I’ve not too concerend about filling the holes and painting the decks afterwards (having prepped and painted decks before).

Alternatively, we could use the “work from below” method again and remove the bad core and replace it with new plywood. The boat in question is a Cal 2-25, and I’ve read about this being done with a Cal 2-29:

So, what’s the wisdom on this? Should we run away from wet decks, or are there straight-forward (though time consuming) solutions that are worth while?

I found this photo collection and process notes by a person who replaced the balsa core on the decks and cabin house of his C&C 27:…pair/deck.html

This is one of the best links I’ve found on the process. As it is, I’m going to pass on the Cal 2-25 with the wet decks, but we’re seriously considering the C&C 27 we checked out earlier.

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