front casting deck wood rotted on fixer upper Carolina Skiff

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front casting deck wood rotted on fixer upper Carolina Skiff

Post by designlady » Sat Jul 27, 2019 1:02 pm

:help: Hoping to spruce up an old skiff (2002) while deciding on our next build. Took off the casting deck after seeing a number of rotted spots while cleaning out under it. We took the casting deck off and flipped it over onto a piece of plywood for a brace. The top layer of glass came right off without a lot of effort. Under it were 5X5 pieces of wood blocked together :doh: -MOST rotted or wet which came off easily with a short pry bar. We are left with glass on the underside which Willie will sand off. This was custom mad by CS and wondering if we cane use a solid piece of wood (and what kind you would suggest) or if there was a reason for the 5X5's beside saving $$? Then will cover with glass(what strength and kind) Been a while since we've conversed-hope you are well-I can see you're busy!!



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Re: front casting deck wood rotted on fixer upper Carolina Skiff

Post by Southern Gent » Sat Jul 27, 2019 4:08 pm

Designlady. You got 17 years out this design. Use knotless yellow pine. Bed it in epoxy, lay a bit of fiberglass cloth and resin over it. Reinstall and go fishing Best Wishes.

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Re: front casting deck wood rotted on fixer upper Carolina Skiff

Post by fallguy1000 » Sat Jul 27, 2019 9:49 pm

The manufacturers are all cost driven. They use cutoffs for decks often.

Build it one piece.

Epoxy coat the back one time; then a second after a couple hours or glass the bottom to reduce flex.

Minimum glass on top is 12 oz biax.

Make sure to precoat wood with epoxy or you'll have delamination later from the wood sucking resin away from the glass.

If you have lighter glass, you can use, but will need to neat coat with epoxy to insure no pinholing.
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Re: front casting deck wood rotted on fixer upper Carolina Skiff

Post by designlady » Tue Jul 30, 2019 10:56 am

Planned on using wood flour to coat the underside of the casting deck after sanding off the glass left after removing wood blocks. Any thoughts on that?

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Re: front casting deck wood rotted on fixer upper Carolina Skiff

Post by fallguy1000 » Tue Jul 30, 2019 11:25 pm

If you have holes on the underside of the deck, you would best coat them with straight epoxy and then do any fill coats of thixo material. The reason the deck failed in the first place is it was either done in poly or wasn't built right.

Your thixo can be anything, but if you miss the wet coat, it'll probably not work out well.

Wood sucks resin away from glass and fillcoats. Shortcuts end in misery.
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