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Offline betadog808

Advice on soft spot on floor
« on: October 09, 2019, 01:15:42 PM »
Hey guys,
  I've been meaning to work on a soft spot on my floor of my sea sprinter.  It's on the port side right where someone would stand while being underway.  There wasn't a seat pedestal there before or in the near area(except across where the driver sits).

I was thinking of drilling holes and filling it with epoxy, gorilla glue, etc.  That being said, I searched the forum but wanted to see if there was any new breakthroughs, products, etc to do this...

- Drill 1/8" deep?  From what I'm gathering, You got a sandwich made of glass, wood(now bad), and then another layer of glass.  I assumed I drill till I hit a void(bad wood)  Any idea how thick Arima made the glass and wood layers?  My concern is drilling too deep or not enough.

-Fill with penetrating epoxy via syringe?  I think someone on here used fiberglass resin with good results...seemed like most people suggested penetrating epoxy...lots of brands to choose from...and some recommend gorilla glue as it activates with water.  Seems a bit thick to push through the holes tho..

Offline GregE

Re: Advice on soft spot on floor
« Reply #1 on: October 09, 2019, 05:08:44 PM »
Rot Doctor epoxy will help.  Getting it to the right spots after drying the area.......
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Offline First Cabin

Re: Advice on soft spot on floor
« Reply #2 on: October 10, 2019, 03:28:06 PM »
Once you drill a couple holes you are committed and it gets easier to drill more.  I used epoxy resin with a syringe.  No reason not to drill lots of holes.  Fill one until it comes out another.  Allow to set and chip off the excess with a chisel.  Hard as a rock when done.  Floor then has lots of dots from resin, but I redid floor to hide.
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Offline SoCalAngler

Re: Advice on soft spot on floor
« Reply #3 on: October 12, 2019, 07:26:22 AM »
Was there never any seat / holes in floor at the passenger area (from factory)?  It would seem that is how floor rotted.....unsealed holes in floor.

Did Arima produce SS boats with no passenger seat?

How about cutting out the top layer of glass. 
Then, remove bad wood
Glass in area that was removed and try your best to match non-skid design (possible to use glass section removed...depending on removal process)

BTW.....I also have a SS (1988)

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Offline betadog808

Re: Advice on soft spot on floor
« Reply #4 on: October 12, 2019, 10:01:03 PM »
   I don’t know about a seat being there before-but it doesn’t look like there was.  And the soft spot is a bit too forward to normally have a seat there, I think. 

I ended up doing the holes with epoxy.  It’s still drying, but it looks like it did the job.  Now to fill the holes...