Although, skin removed, most of the frame was good one area was not:
Rot in skin on frame boats - Discussion
This is the fourth time I have stripped a skin on frame boat and the first time I have come across rot. All of frames had been treated with Burgess Hydrosol, a water based polymer treatment which seals the wood a little whilst allowing it to breathe. Salt water is also know to be quite a good preservative, so unlike fresh water left in the boat should not have posed a problem.
This boat had been neglected, left on a rack along the side of a building in a wet part of the country. Rain from the roof would have regularly poured over the inverted boat as there was no gutter in place over the rack, and water would have probably penetrated the skin at the bow loops. Although sealed with Sikaflex, sooner or later it would have found it's way through. This was a kayak that never really sealed well, and is one reason I never used enamel paint on polyester again. The stern area although damp was not soft or rotten despite having the same woods as the bow, probably because that part of the boat was away from the roof and open to the sunshine.
The Alacrity had an extreme bow shape:
Prevention of Rot in skin on frame kayaks
- Store the boat indoors if you live in a damp region
- Sponge the boat out and unless really necessary, try to avoid washing out with fresh water
- Let it dry out before inverting
- Use your boat often!
- If possible, avoid narrow pointy bows and sterns which can act like a sump when inverted
- Avoid deck lines which pierce the skin; sooner or later they will leak
- Lines can be attached to webbing, secured by plates screwed or bolted through the skin to the frame and which do not leak.