Ideas for a deck filler??? Balsa replacement

Discussion in 'Fiberglass/Wood/Gelcoat Repair' started by Underwater254, May 24, 2017.

  1. Underwater254

    Underwater254 Member

    61
    Apr 7, 2009
    Vermilion
    1995 330 EC (SOLD)
    454 mercs
    Hi all,
    Looking for ideas for my 330 express. I re-bedded the hatches and noticed there is no core left in my deck. It does not even have staining or remnants of anything being there. Should I refill with balsa or are there better options??
     
  2. fbe2228

    fbe2228 New Member

    2
    May 29, 2017
    Ohio
    2001 270 Sundancer
    7.4 Mercruiser
    I have a similar question. My boat is a 2001 270 Sundancer that I have owned for a few years. At the end of last summer, I took the foot switches apart for the windlass and noticed that the wood core in front of the hole for the switches was wet and rotten (maybe 1-2 inches). I cleaned it out the best I could, and re-sealed the switches. My intention for this summer is to take it apart again and repair the bad wood. I’ve seen a few posts on here about deck repair, and some of them are pretty frightening! (“340 windlass windlass core rot repair complete”). Although I like what the guy did to his boat to repair it, I sure hope mine isn’t that bad! After I clean out the bad wood from the switch hole, what is my best option? Should I fill it with just an epoxy, or should I put new marine plywood in the cleaned out area and then epoxy it? What would a good epoxy/filler be, and does anyone know where I can get small quantities of marine plywood or another product to fill the void? There is no damage to the fiberglass, and it’s not spongy or bubbling. Thanks in advance!!
     
  3. joeyleggz

    joeyleggz Member

    328
    Jan 15, 2013
    long island
    current boat: 1997 sea ray 330 express cruiser
    twin 454's efi
    West system and a new product I'm looking into "inject a deck"


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  4. fbe2228

    fbe2228 New Member

    2
    May 29, 2017
    Ohio
    2001 270 Sundancer
    7.4 Mercruiser
    I checked out the "Inject A Deck" website and it looks like a good way to go. Does anyone know of a similar product that comes in a smaller quantity? I only have a little bit to repair (hopefully), and it looks like the Inject A Deck is for large areas. I don't want to waste most of it, especially since a kit is rather expensive for the amount that I plan to use.
     

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