Re: Repairing holes in aft cabin trunk / deck

Mark Erdos

Congrats on your new Amel. I looked at the listing for Rascal and it appeared to be a fine boat.


One of the best pieces of advice given to me at the time we purchased our boat was not to change anything for a year. If the bolts are leaking, I would just use a bedding compound to fix the leak but leave the raft setup the way it is, for now.



With best regards,





Sailing Vessel - Cream Puff - SM2K - #275

Currently cruising - Vista Mar, Panama


From: [] On Behalf Of Kevin Fox via Groups.Io
Sent: Tuesday, January 14, 2020 6:12 PM
Subject: [AmelYachtOwners] Repairing holes in aft cabin trunk / deck


Greetings All.  My family and I are excited to be the new owners of Rascal.  I've been following this forum for over a year and am impressed by, and appreciative of, all the knowledge that Amel owners are willing to share.  I hope to get up to speed quickly and do my part to help others.

Rascal has a life raft mounted in a rack on the cabin trunk immediately aft of the mizzen mast. We’re not big fans of this location and plan to move it. One of the issues is that there are leaks around some of the bolts. There are twelve total, in groups of three. We can see the screw heads in the aft head and in the passageway just outside the aft head.


If we remove the rack we’ll need to fill the holes. I’ve seen information on how to clean out holes in fiberglass decks, including trying to remove some of the coring around the hole if wet, in preparation for filling them with thickened epoxy. Are there any tricks or special procedures for this type of repair on an Amel?


I don’t think we’ll be able to access the bottom of the fiberglass from inside the boat, so I’m guessing that we’ll need to use high viscosity (well-thickened) epoxy. Am I correct that there is space between the cabin ceiling and the fiberglass?


Another approach might be to put new, low-profile bolts in these holes and re-bed them well. Replacement bolts might also solve the issue of what to do with the holes left in the cabin ceiling. 


Any suggestions would be much appreciated. Thank you!

Kevin and Elise Fox
SM2k #404 Rascal
Charleston, SC

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