Deck Separation at Bow

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Deck Separation at Bow

Postby tc53 » Sun Aug 12, 2012 11:56 am

Racing my old (#318) DS on an upwind leg in 15-20 knots and a wild chop a few weeks back, my foredeck began to separate at the bow, lifting (with an awful cracking noise) up off both sides, the headstay coming with it. Quickly bearing off and running downwind saved the mast, but now I need to repair the damage. Someone at my club told me this sort of bow deck/hull failure is not uncommon in boats the vintage of mine. Does anyone have any suggestions, especially including photos, of a repair method? I don't know what sort of below deck reinforcement for the headstay was in place (if any), but whatever it was it appears to have failed as well.
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Postby GreenLake » Sun Aug 12, 2012 1:17 pm

This topic has come up here before and discussed in detail. Worth looking for those older threads.

The support that failed is an L bracket at the stemhead, and it tends to rip right out of the fiberglass that's supposed to hold it.

The verdict here was that this is fixable, details in those older threads.
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Postby Breakin Wind » Sun Aug 12, 2012 3:17 pm

Here is a fairly lengthy exchange covering this topic

http://www.daysailer.org/forum/viewtopi ... sc&start=0

Good luck
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