1976 Montego 16- The "Free" Puppy

ratdude747

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Having no luck drilling it.

JB waterweld ok for filling holes? I have some and that was my plan.

Never mind. Pulled the carpet and the locker floor is soft and failed the test. Ugh. Guess this is a bigger project or a sunk cost ...
Drilling the sides, there seems to be no wood, rot, or moisture behind the glass at all. Fiberglass over foam?
 

ratdude747

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Made some discoveries. First, the rot in the locker floor runs up to the front of the seats. Beyond that, dry wood.

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(Upper hole dry, lower hole moist)

Plugged the dry holes with water weld:

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Second, it looks like the locker floor was glassed separate from the rest of the locker. Look at the front:
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The sides of the board are exposed.

May just need the bottom board and part of the deck done?
 
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ratdude747

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Different subject while it's on my mind: screws.

The outdrive currently has a 4-blade composite on it. Here's the remains of the box:

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Also included was an aluminum screw. Has a ding in it:

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The damping rubber is cracked too... Probably junk? FWIW it's part number 48-74888-21, also marked with other things:

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Might be original; the PO was very fond of the plastic screws (based on how many bladeless (crashed) cores were in the garage).

Thoughts?
 

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Not to spam post, but made yet another discovery while getting the cover on the boat. Apparently whatever built the nest in the ski locker got it by shredding the insulation under the bow seats:

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As dense as it is/was, it isn't part of the flotation foam, right? Or do I need to replace it to be safe? I'll need to shop vac it either way.
 

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If you are on the edge of continuing this project or trashing , talk with us, reread the replies and take a deep breath. This will be one of the best th ings you have ever done, or the worst. Best is better of course and could be a 40 year love.
 

ratdude747

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If you are on the edge of continuing this project or trashing , talk with us, reread the replies and take a deep breath. This will be one of the best th ings you have ever done, or the worst. Best is better of course and could be a 40 year love.
Understood. A bit of a gut punch at first.

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Need to get an oscillating saw and cut the glass from the locker floor and see what's under the rotten wood. Given that it looks like they just tossed the board in there and threw some loose long hair glass on it, there is hope that the damage is limited to that board. My thinking is that the rain incident caused water to collect in the ski locker and the carpet kept it from airing out. As for what messed up the deck, the edge of the deck board is exposed back there and since the water pools in the back of the locker, the high humidity from said ski locker water did it in.
 

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Well... Under the locker apparently is the keel... And an icy lake:

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Darn it. Not sure how far back it goes. Going to bail out what I can. The back area is still a chunk of ice.
 

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Going to give it time to thaw and dry up a bit. I need to see what's at the back of the cavity under the locker. No stringers in the suspect area towards the front of the locker (based on how much ice slid out). Looks like they glassed the hull first, then threw the board down and glassed the top of such to form the base of the locker.

Unless there's a good reason not to, would there be harm in not putting a floor back in and leaving the locker down to the keel as extra storage? Or is this an intentional bilge cavity?
 

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No reason to not leave it open.
Do see if there is a drain and if should not be clogged
 

ratdude747

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No reason to not leave it open.
Do see if there is a drain and if should not be clogged
No drain after cutting more of the locker out.

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There maybe is a 2mm gap or so at the keel. But I wasn't able to pass anything I had handy through to see if it makes it to the engine bay.

I took some measurements... About 17" from the back of the locker to the front of the engine bay.

It's virtually dry. A couple of lightly damp spots where debris was piled but that'll be dry in the next 20 or so (mopped it out with paper towels).

Well... Mystery solved? I don't know what's between the locker and the bay but the glass under the former locker floor looks nice a d rot-free in the picture. A case of poor locker design and nearly 50 years of floor drippings and the like?
 
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