Deck Repair Options

Discussion in 'Fiberglass/Wood/Gelcoat Repair' started by Jbreamsiii, Jul 3, 2022.

  1. Jbreamsiii

    Jbreamsiii Member

    31
    Sep 14, 2021
    Louisville, KY
    1996 Sea Ray 215 Express Cruiser
    5.7L Mercuiser
    We have a 96 215 Express Cruiser we bought last year that has some soft areas on the front deck around the hatch. Mostly on Starboard side and between the window and the hatch. The port side is fairly solid. I assume from leaking over time. Researching options and thinking of trying Injectadeck. Do you think by removing the hatch I can get to it from the side without having to drill holes on my deck and the non skid? What other options might be good? I am trying to do this on a budget, but want to do a good job on the repair. The boat otherwise is in excellent shape with low hours on the engine and runs like a champ.
     
    Last edited: Jul 3, 2022
  2. Golfman25

    Golfman25 Well-Known Member

    Sep 12, 2009
    IL
    281
    V8
    The only way to know is to remove the hatch and see what you have.
     
  3. Lazy Daze

    Lazy Daze Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 21, 2009
    PA
    Various
    Various
    As we discussed in your other thread about this, the first step is to pull the hatch and see what you got. Everything else is just conjecture at this point.
     
  4. Jbreamsiii

    Jbreamsiii Member

    31
    Sep 14, 2021
    Louisville, KY
    1996 Sea Ray 215 Express Cruiser
    5.7L Mercuiser
    Yes, will be pulling the hatch for sure. But having never taken it off I just wondered is it even an option to get at it from the side? Either way it needs to come out to be re-sealed so I’ll just look and see.
     
  5. Jbreamsiii

    Jbreamsiii Member

    31
    Sep 14, 2021
    Louisville, KY
    1996 Sea Ray 215 Express Cruiser
    5.7L Mercuiser
    I spoke the the Injectadeck folks today. Nice people!!! Gave me a whole Tutorial on what to do and how to attack this issue from the side. I ordered the kit and will try to get this done when it arrives. I’ll see if I can do a write up and get a lot of pictures.
     
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  6. SCORPIO

    SCORPIO Well-Known Member

    Apr 7, 2008
    Delaware
    1989 300 DA
    Twin 5.7 Merc Alpha I
    If you can get access from the edge with the hatch out, you may be able to dig out the rotted wood and insert a piece of epoxy soaked plywood into the space and clamp til dry. I've done this successfully more than once on various boats. If the soft spot is behind an area of solid wood, then edge injection would be a good option.
     

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