JT wooden deck
Have a look underneath the deck. I have had problems with Heaven Sent over the years and during a structurally taxing championships the side decks pretty much fell off (nothing to do with James Warren bouncing around in the boat...). The underside has definitely not been treated with epoxy and I doubt the foredeck has either. It's about the most difficult area of the boat to get at but it may be worth getting it really dry and then sealing both sides of the ply.
Also worth mentioning that you should either keep the surface temp the same or start letting it drop a tiny bit after you start applying the epoxy or the wood can 'outgas' and leave you with lots of wee bubbles...!
When I bought Terabyte the varnish on the decks was in a fairly bad state with dark patches where presumably moisture had got in.Having stripped the decks the dark patches were treated with oxalic, deck allowed to dry then epoxied and varnished. All looked great for a few weeks but i went to the boat in her barn last Sunday, took the cover off and the dark patches had reappeared. Very disappointed and really can't face doing the whole thing again. Any suggestions?
Hi Andy, yes I remember our chat on the Dehler 38 (big Merlin with beds)Look forward to seeing the write-up and thanks for the tips everyone.
I GUESS IT WAS A COUPLE OF WEEKS IN A WARM SHED.
I have given her a bit of sunlight this week Andy but it hasn't made much difference. Heat from a lamp might be a good idea.
andy...how long did you leave the stripped deck before you epoxied it???