C-boat rib separation.

by Paul
(Chippewa Falls, WI)

I have a 1967 Melges c-scow.

It measures 20 f.

I have done quite a bit of work repairing cracks and gouges in the bottom as well as the now end where deck and bottom p ok making meet.

I have applied 2 coats of deck paint.

Also applied 2 coats of spar varnish to the bottom as I have left the cedar planking natural.

My problem is I have discovered the planking had separated from the center beam due to dry rot midship for 4-6 ft.

There is a gap of 1” in center and less on either ends.

If I remove some of the bad material and fill in gap area with new, to fill in the void the length of the area I feel that will support the bottom.

I should be able to use 2 part epoxy to install the filler.

I can deal with old ribs after this.

Do you think I’m on the right track?

I have repaired several other weaker area's by gluing and screwing sister ribs.

I’ll try to include some photos as well.

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