Hull Softness: Safety and Repair Q's: Help!
Hi, Any recommendations / advice will be most appreciated. I'm a second owner of a '77 boat and considering hull soft core problem. The crutch hole was repaired, just not soon enough. I feel flex in the top fiberglass layer; it feels like delamination from the balsa and bottom of the hull. The first area is maybe 8 inches by 15 on left side of the trunk beginning at the boom crutch; the second area is smaller to the right side of the trunk from the crutch block. Some of my questions include: Timing - do I have to address this ASAP to prevent further deterioration or is the hull watertight after the repair of the crutch hole. Safety - is there danger of a foot penetrating the soft areas. Time - for a handy sailor with a day job, is this a 40 man-hour job, 120?...is there a estimable range? Options - I'm told not to invest significant money in this age boat. (It is otherwise in great condition and well equipped.) I'm told to dry sail it or sell it as is. Dry sail is not a great option for my sailing venues. If moored, will it gradually absorb more water? Would a lightweight wooden flooring platform address the safety issue if the hull is watertight? Anyone in Eastern MA know of a reasonable repair location and cost. Is a repair by a marina/shop a possibility this season or is next winter likely? Thank you for reading a long post and helping an enthusiast evaluate his problem. Jon, Brewster YC (Cape Cod).