Deck Repair Options

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

  1. Jbreamsiii

    Jbreamsiii Member

    32
    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
    1998 370 Sundancer
    7.4 MPI
    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

    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

    32
    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

    32
    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.
     
  7. Islandboatguy

    Islandboatguy New Member

    8
    Mar 6, 2019
    1998 searay 240 sundancer
    350 mercruiser
    I hope I'm not hijacking this thread but it seems to be related, new here.
    I recently bought a 2000 Searay 270 and shortly after found the entire deck from the Windshield to the Hatch and the full width of the top is very soft. Incredibly disappointing to say the least. I'm wondering if anyone has tried fixing an area this size through the Hatch and if so with Injectadeck or inserting long strips of wood with resin or something? If I should be asking elsewhere please let me know.
     
  8. Jbreamsiii

    Jbreamsiii Member

    32
    Sep 14, 2021
    Louisville, KY
    1996 Sea Ray 215 Express Cruiser
    5.7L Mercuiser
    I just did my Injectadeck repair this past weekend. It seems pretty solid. I had the same issues from the windshield and hatch. Resealed the hatch with 4200. I still have to fix the windshield issue. The gentleman from Injectadeck suggested using Simpson Strong tie in the screw holes to seal them. You are going to have to drill. No way to get to it through the hatch really. And the foam needs a place to escape or it will bilge your deck or cabin roof possibly.
     

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  9. Islandboatguy

    Islandboatguy New Member

    8
    Mar 6, 2019
    1998 searay 240 sundancer
    350 mercruiser
    From everything I've read it sounds like bulging could be a concern for sure. Was hoping to not have to drill though.
    How many holes did you have to drill? Whereabouts were they and how did you repair them? Any pictures?
     

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