In 2014 I repaired the forward face of TAO's coach house, which also serves as the forward structure for the main mast step partner. As a result of that project, I did some initial investigation into the condition of my plywood decks. The short story, the only thing holding the plywood decks together from the forepeak back to the fore chains was the two layers of fiberglass sheathing. I also had some delamination and rot issues in the bowsprit. Since I needed to remove the bowsprit anyway to work on the foredeck decking.....It was time to tackle both projects, starting with removing the bowsprit.
Here are a couple of shots of the bowsprit during removal.
Work begins on replacing the decking on the foredeck.
For the curious, I'm using MDO plywood as my new decking material. It has a resin impregnated paper coating on both faces. It is the same material used to make outdoor signage and it is also used to make cement forms. I've had some of this stuff sitting in my back yard for several years exposed to the elements and it is still solid. It's not cheap, but cheaper than marine grade plywood. Besides, the decking is not a primary structure in this case.
After the initial dry fitting. I pulled out some of the underlaying framing for repair of some soft spots and repairing and refinishing the sampson post.
Then I installed the new decking in the foredeck area and sealed it up.
Fairing and fiberglassing in the deck.
And painting in anticipation of installing the new bowsprit that was being fabricated while all this was going on.