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cockpit of RL24 mk1
The cockpit floor of my RL24 mk1 has cracks throughout and I suspect that water is leaking through it. Can I repaint it or do I have to seal it with something first. The floor seems a little spongy but if I can seal it it should be ok. Can anybody give some advise.
Thank you.

rod male6-Apr-2011    Edit    Delete 
Re: cockpit of RL24 mk1
Rod.
I know of no easy lasting fix, or coating. If this were my boat I would grind off the nonskid surface, and the gelcoat up to 50mm around the cockpit sides, then put down a layer of fibreglass cloth with sheathing resin, then coat with flowcoat containing a non skid additive. This would make a positive seal, also stiffen the floor.
Rob Legg8-Apr-2011    Edit    Delete 
Re: cockpit of RL24 mk1
Thanks Rob
I will do it this winter,hopefully
Rod
Rod Male10-Apr-2011    Edit    Delete 
Re: cockpit of RL24 mk1
Some time back we cut out the entire floor and seats of our Mk1 an replaced them with an inverted top hat section made of blue 3 inch foam and end grain balsa - all done in epoxy. Both our floor and seats were more or less collapsed after years of inland racing & cruising. We raised the seats to almost gunnel height- and maintained the same seat height. We gained a cubic metre of bouyancy, a comfortable steering position and heaps of room in the quarter berths and under the cockpit. Came out within a few kilos of the original.This is our best mod and makes our boat Spiral Navigator better to cruise and race... worth considering
wayne hill22-May-2011    Edit    Delete 

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