I often see posts about stern decks on wheelhouse models rumoured to be “lifting”. I do not think there is any documented owner saying that this has actually happened.
However just in case on my Nauticat 38 (1986) when I purchased her I did a lot of work, and while I was doing other work, I had the headlining down. So it seemed to make sense to strengthen the attachment points just in case.
I’ve just found the photographs I took at the time so thought I would lodge them into the forum.
If anyone has experienced lifting decks it would be useful to know which model and year of production,
When I purchased my 33 mk2 (1990) just over 2 years ago, my surveyor paid particular attention to check for this. The boat passed with flying colours.
I subsequently found out that I had a serious leak through the davit fixings which were bolted through the aft deck. I believe that these must have been retro fitted. On inspection, no backing plate had been fitted so the bolts were pulling through the unreinforced deck. I had to remove them, make good the deck, redrill the holes, fit back plates and replace the davits. Now leak free!
My deck fortunately had not lifted. I don’t think that davits had had much use. I did, however, discover that although at first glance it appeared that the headlining could be easily removed, the panels nearest the hull were fixed behind the curtain pelmet. Luckily I have small hands!