Cockpit floor construction on C26?

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Highwinds
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Cockpit floor construction on C26?

Postby Highwinds » Wed May 15, 2019 2:17 am

Cockpit on my C26 could use some reinforcement. Not a pressing issue, maybe a fix for next winter. A few spider cracks in the cockpit floor, but would want to reinforce before addressing. I have the wonderful fur on the bottom of the sole underneath the rear berth in very good shape. A few small leaks at the corners from what I can tell.

Can someone tell me what the construction of the floor is? Assume there is some wood core between the layers of the fiberglass? Thoughts on reinforcement?

Thanks for any thoughts,

Kyle

Skipper Dan
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Re: Cockpit floor construction on C26?

Postby Skipper Dan » Thu May 16, 2019 4:47 am

I think it is solid fiberglass, but I think your leaks are coming from the screw holes on the upper part holding down the teak boards I just took mine off and left them off and filled the holes. Check the scuppers in the rear.

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Re: Cockpit floor construction on C26?

Postby Highwinds » Thu May 16, 2019 11:08 am

Thanks Dan. If there is no wood core on the cockpit floor that will make it much easier to reinforce. As I was tapping on it it did seem like it was all glass. Boat is in my barn, but will run the hose to determine where the leaks are.

Kyle

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Re: Cockpit floor construction on C26?

Postby Holiday » Mon May 20, 2019 10:57 am

The cockpit floor is fiberglass with plywood under that. No inner layer of fiberglass just the fuzzy stuff. Mine was rotten where the port lights leaked. This created a rotten plywood strip all the way across the bottom and up the sides to the portlights. Easy to remove the rotten section the rest took forever to cut out without damaging the fiberglass above.

Good Luck.

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Re: Cockpit floor construction on C26?

Postby Highwinds » Tue May 21, 2019 3:35 pm

Thanks Holiday, will let you know how I make out, probably a winter project. I will peel back the fuzz a bit and take a look to see what kind of shape they plywood is in. Did you replace with plywood again, or a plasti-composite type of board?

Kyle

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Re: Cockpit floor construction on C26?

Postby Holiday » Wed May 22, 2019 11:46 am

I replaced it with marine plywood using thickened epoxy.


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