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    Posted: 21 Apr 23 at 1:04pm
Originally posted by 423zero

Had another look, it appears the deck is detached from the hull on port side, I think the boat is actually distorting, you can easily push the hull inwards.
Foils looked ok when compared to others.

That would do it. Does not sound like a repair even Steve Bolland could carry off with his duct-tape skills

Surprised you're not filling the hull with water if that's the case
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Post Options Post Options   Quote 423zero Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Apr 23 at 1:26pm
There is some water in the hull but not a massive amount, probably a pint.
Should be a easy fix, force a gap then sikaflex, remove blocks and clamp back together.
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Did wonder if there was any movement at the mast step
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Do Different Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Apr 23 at 3:50pm
Yes Davidyacht.   Would you think it worth cutting a 150mm hatch into the deck beside the mast pot to check bottom block is still intact. If deck and hull separating likely of an age that other areas are failing.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote 423zero Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Apr 23 at 4:20pm
Boat not that old, between 10 and 15 years, mast pot holds water. will push a engineers camera through the gap and have a look. Never thought about the mast pot rocking backwards and forwards, no signs on the bottom of the hull.
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Laser hulls aren't hard to get hold of,. maybe you should consider that rather than a PITA repair.
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Deck to hull will be a simple repair, not much evidence of sealer from original build, (quality issue) probably why it's had so many owners.
Mast pot repair will be a PITA, but lad can't afford another hull.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote JimC Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 Apr 23 at 6:03pm
They are about:

Where are you? Shepperton W of London:
Free dinghy hull - obviously a LAser stripped of all fittings.

https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/1352731951966826/

Southend
This one at 50 quid is in the "too good not to have an invisible flaw or be stolen" category...
https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/item/3890097251217393/?

Sailing club clearouts of abandoned boats are a good bet, they're usually grateful to get anything at all for an incomplete boat, and you can always flog off the second best of anything you have duplicates for. I'd send a round Robin to all your local clubs on the line of "young sailor with no money desperately needs to replace hull on his Laser, anyone got a half decent abandoned hull cheap?"



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Post Options Post Options   Quote 423zero Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 22 Apr 23 at 9:59am
Thanks for links jimc.
Have camerared hull, appears sound. Going to sikaflex join, see what happens. Hull finish is very good, no chips or dinks anywhere. Hopefully issues caused by failed joint.
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I am not an fully up to date with the current Sika range of products but Sikaflex materials used to be more of a sealant than an adhesive.You want something with a bit of “stiffness” rather than just a low modulus gunk for this. I would suggest using an epoxy. It will be better for sticking to an old laminate and will take the loads a bit better.
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