Recoring the deck and cabintop

This is a massive job I have been putting off for years.  The yard wanted to charge me $30,000 to do it.  
One of the few differences between an Aqua 30 (aka S&S 30) sold in England and the P-J 30 as offered here by Palmer-Johnson Yachts was the center hatch added at P-J’s. Unfortunately, over the years previous owners did not attend to the bedding compound and the hatch/deck joint allowed water intrusion into the balsa coring. This led to rot and delamination which is starting to become a structural issue. Nothing for it but to cut open the deck and replace the balsa core.

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