Posted by: livingaboardspellbound | August 16, 2013

Berth repair

While I am here enjoying the beautiful California weather, hubby is at home hard at work on the boat enduring the sweltering heat and humidity of Florida. It’s an awful job, but somebody has to do it! So his project for this week has been replacing the plywood on the bed in our back berth. Our boat is a 1978 and when we bought the boat there was a pretty steady leak from the davits, so the plywood had quite a bit of rot going on.


Demolition was first, the hoses that you see in the pictures were from a water line connection for a shore hose and our propane line. We disconnected the water line due to leaking and we decided not to use it after it burst one morning and woke me up. NOT the way you want to wake up, just saying…
So hubby cut the wood out in pieces so it would come out of the hatch easily

He then used the pieces as a template to cut out the new wood. For the replacement wood, he used 3/4″ plywood. He placed all the wood for the fitting and once all the pieces were right, he took them all out and put several coats of epoxy resin on both sides for strength and water protection.

Once it was all dry he put all the pieces back in place and secured in place with screws.


All and all he said it wasn’t a difficult job, but it was time consuming due to having to do the cutting in the work area on the other side of the marina and then having to bring it back for fitting, and of course applying the resin and letting it dry. The finished job looks great and will last us probably as long as we have the boat. One project down, many more to go… Great job hunny!!


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