Re: [Amel Yacht Owners] Anchor locker floor rotten
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Good point about the possibility of accumulating weight in the bow lockers from a slow leak. It is pretty hard to get a perfect seal on a locker with such a large opening but I will do what I can on my boat to make it is good as possible. Also to boot or seal the forestay tang.
One of the things that impressed me about the bow lockers on Sueño was the fact that we have scrubbed them out twice so that they are really clean/mildew free and neither of us has jammed any loose fibreglass fibers under our fingernails to date. Most production boats that I am familiar with have little sharp points of glass sticking out everywhere just waiting for such an opportunity to destroy your hands. So if I ever have to rebuild my bow lockers I will definitely take the time and pain to sand the repairs smooth and gelcoat the surfaces to the same quality level that Amel did originally. I also find that raw fibreglass sheds fibreglass fibers forever... Put a sailbag into a locker with raw fibreglass and then pull it out and look at it in the sun to see the millions of shiny bits of glass... (grin) And finally, unless the last coats of resin used in the repair have a wax additive added, the surface will remain forever tacky. This is designed into the resin to help any additional layers of fibreglass bond to the surface, the term is air inhibited cure. You can get non air inhibited cure gel coats that will cure hard as glass with no tackiness even without adding the wax additive and this is what I like to use in lockers. I am not sure of what kind of gel coat that Amel used in all of the lockers and bilge of my boat but it is all glass hard and not tacky. I had one customer with a 54’ Gulfstar in which all of the lockers were coated with regular gelcoat that had not cured properly. . A sail had been stored in the bow locker for several years and ahead of a circumnavigation we had to unload that locker. The sail had bonded itself to the hull so securely that we had to use a block and tackle through the hatch to pull it free. It was so bad that we eventually were asked to remove the original gelcoat and recoat every locker..a huge job. It is so nice to have bright shiny, tack free lockers on our 30 year old boat, thank you Amel for taking the extra time to do this right!
I am glad to hear that you are happy with the new wood free locker bottoms.