Hi, new to this forum and haven't figured out the search feature yet. I'm not sure if this is a problem unique to me or if others have similar issues.
We recently purchased our 1983 MkI. The section of deck on either side of the bow, under the cleats have bowed up and the chain locker doors don't close. I'm not sure if the previous owner tried to fix it by adding some sort of plates under (which have since self destructed) or if the plates self destructing are what has cause the problem. Either way, the plates are completely corroded and falling apart under the cleats and the lifting has cracked the fibreglass along the side. Someone has filled the cracks with silicone in an attempt to keep the water out but it really doesn't fix anything. For some reason I can't figure out, the cleats still appear to be quite secure.
So far I haven't been able to find a repair shop that is interested in helping me with my problem. Maybe it is my location, the nature of the problem or they are just too busy. I really want to fix the problem, install a windlass and have doors that close so may have to tackle it myself.
My question is, is there anyone out there who has experienced this before and if so, do you have any suggestions as to what might be the best way to tackle this?
Thanks in advance for any help.
ps.. Also open to suggestions for how to search for similar posts.
1983 Catalina36 MkI #0157