Boat projects tend to be that way.
What I had hoped was going to be a quick (if not so easy) drill-and-pot job is morphing into major surgery. Actually, I had feared this would be the case, but optimistically hoped otherwise.
After significant excavations in the aft portion of the starboard engine bed, I discovered a seam of rot and wet that appears to go right through the lower portion of the bed. The upper portion seems to be solid.
I drilled a couple more test holes farther forward – one three inches forward, and then another five inches forward of that. I got dry wood in the shallow part of the hole, and black, wet rotten wood in the deep part. 16 inches forward of the excavated section still has rot. That’s half the engine bed on the starboard side. I don’t know about the port side yet.
As much as I’d like to just epoxy a new slab of wood in this hole and wait to see what happens with the rest of the engine bed in a few years. . . I really don’t want to have this be a problem again either. There is no simple, easy fix for this one. No Git-Rot product is going to fix this. The bed material is too wet and rotten.
So I’m making plans to remove the engine onto the cabin sole, and then cut off the starboard side of the engine bed. At least. I’ll drill test holes on the port side as well.
A side benefit of doing this is that I’ll be able to run cabling and hoses to the right places in a way that makes sense. Unlike the way it’s set up now. I’m looking forward to having the engine compartment cleaned, organized and freshly painted.