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  • When I did mine way back--97?--the "factory" answer from performance was a layer of mat, saturated with polyester resin. It worked well. Probably not as strong as epoxy, but easier to remove a second time.

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    Tim
    Collierville (Memphis), TN
    Supercat 15--sold :(
    Hobie monocat--given
    Vanguard 15--traded
    Nacra 4.5--sold
    Nacra 5.7
    Hobie 14
    Supercat 17-- pending
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  • Polyester resin bonds pretty well with itself, so I would expect that bond to be pretty strong, if the prep work was done. It was hard to tell on my boat what exactly they used originally, there appeared to be some chop strands in the bond area, so I wondered if they just sprayed the bottom side of the deck and then pressed it into place. Or they used some other method. Bottom line was whatever they did back then was not very strong, or they did it too quickly or who knows what. One of my decks had delaminated enough that it could allow water into the hulls, but it was not obvious that had occurred until I peeled the whole thing off. That these decks peel off so easily is an indicator that the bond was not considered to be structural, or they would have done it some other way IMHO.

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    dg
    NACRA 5.2 #400
    This End Up
    Original owner since 1975
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  • I think the boat did pretty well for 42 years

    Quote Bottom line was whatever they did back then was not very strong, or they did it too quickly or who knows what. ... That these decks peel off so easily is an indicator that the bond was not considered to be structural, or they would have done it some other way IMHO

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