Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Bow locker bottoms...


Hi Pat,

Thanks Pat!  That was pretty much my plan.  Use the existing fiberglass tabbing as my support shelf.  No need to remake the support structure!

Glass the bottom of the shelf before it goes in (when it is easy!) to avoid a repeat of the problem.

Set the wood just a bit back from the hull so it doesn't make a "hard spot".

A couple layers of glass on the top tabbed to the hull.

Add a drain hole, and done.

I might add two drains, outboard on each side so it drains better.  We get a fair amount of water accumulating in here from the anchor snubber, wet ballonnor, etc.

Bill Kinney
SM160,  Harmonie
Back Creek, Annapolis, MD

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Bill, I had the same problem a few years ago. I cut the floors out leaving about an inch of tabbing all the way around. Then cut another piece of plywood to fit , resting on the tabbing. I epoxied the bottom of the plywood first , then installed it and glassed it into place . I glassed the entire surface , rather than simply painting it. It was nice meeting you in Annapolis.
SM Shenanigans

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Sent: Wed, Oct 11, 2017 11:59 pm
Subject: [Amel Yacht Owners] Bow locker bottoms...

The plywood soles of Harmonie's bow lockers are seriously rotten.  I was kind of surprised to see that the bottoms of these plywood sheets (i.e., the top of the chain locker) were "naked", without fiberglass sheathing.  I suspect exposure to the constant damp of the chain locker for 20 years was the start of the problem.

Replacement seems to be a fairly straight forward, fiberglass project, but if anyone else has had this problem and has any hints or "gothcha's" to watch for, I'd love to hear them!

Bill Kinney
SM160, Harmonie
Back Creek, Annapolis, MD

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