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    Posted: 15 Oct 05 at 9:04pm
 tales of my old 505 are back and i am literally begging for advice this time,
my 505 has a wooden foredeck, the laminate is lifting just about everywhere, last year i tried sanding off the lifting plywood and using filler to briong the gaps back up to the level and then repaint...........worked for all of 5 minutes!!!
i now want to replace the whole of the foredeck i think!!?!

how should i do this, should i just lift the other one of and try to bend new plywood into shape, should i try taking it back down to a solid level of laminate and then put a bit of wood ontop of that?!should i take it bak and firbre glass it, filler the lot????
PLEASE help!! there must be some experts out there.......
i will put up some pictures for you to laugh at.....
just to add to the mix i have the loan of a local workshop, since i have no space being a student, for 1 week, so i need advice quick

thanks nick
sail 505, live a little
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Really should get out more

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Try this link - it's a guide to restoring a wooden Wayfarer but there is a chapter on decks:

Also go to the West System web site, get hold of their book on repairing fibreglass boats...order the resin!

I think it would probably be quicker to change the whole deck - if class rules allow, and if you then have acces to the bows, a bit of strategically placed carbon fibre might stiffen up an aging hull.




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