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Here's a couple photos of the reinforced forward floor structure

February 10 2007 at 7:02 PM
Paul  (no login)

Response to * Update on the 20' fiberglass Sea Skiff project (an "almost Commander")

This structure is supported directly off hollow fiberglass box beams and it really does not span much of a length. It was, however, broken at each side where there was an obvious flaw in design. The years took their toll, and sooner or later each side developed a crack in it.

I disassembled each bad piece, used it as a pattern for some new white oak which was used as a replacement to the cracked mahogany. I then doubled up the mid span sections because I didn't want a spring in the floor, and also because some of my buddies are big guys.

Plywood is screwed directly down to this structure and none of it is exposed in the boat. Janet painted it with the bilge gray paint to be sure it had a good layer of protection for the future. I'll bed it in with a healthy gob of 5200 and use some stainless steel screws to be sure it stays put.

As I proceed with the work, if I see anything that looks like it might rattle, I secure it with 5200, such as the flimsy fiberglass air ducts that surely would have rattled against the hull had I not done so.

Yes, I know, I need to work on my wardrobe !

Regards, Paul

A cool but pretty day in Central Tennessee

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