The deck on the 525 is reinforced with end-grain
balsa wood. The areas which carry the greatest loads are further reinforced
with plywood and /or additional layers of fiberglass. This reinforcement
is put, for example, under the stanchions, genoa tracks, cleats, winch
pads, etc.... The mast is given added support by a 1/4 inch aluminum plate
which is placed directly beneath the mast step. A wooden post supports
the deck under the mast.
The hull to deck joint bond is another example of
the superior strength characteristics of SCHOCK boats. As shown in the
drawing that follows, the deck has a lip which fits down over the hull.
Bonding putty is placed between this lip and the hull. Then the deck and
the aluminum rail are riveted to the hull and a layer of fiberglass is
bonded to the inside of the joint.
Why does the W.D.SCHOCK CORPORATION go to all
of this trouble? Because we know that a light , strong boat will give the
best possible performance. It will get you there faster, and it will
really hold together.