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02-04-00, 03:47 AM   #1  
Hello, I have a small 16' Cobia flat bottom boat which has been badly weathered over the years by all the element. It was canvas covered for a while but my cats loved making a tent with several new openings in the canvas. Anyway, the deck now has some soft areas and I need to know if I should just repair the soft areas or do the whole deck.
What procedure do I use to do this work?

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02-04-00, 06:53 PM   #2  
Yours is a pretty common problem and one that
can be repaired fairly easily if you are good
with wood. You must remove all the old flooring because the rot will infect the new wood. Cut it out carefully at the point where it meets the hull so you can use the "tail" as a template and egge support when you fiberglass in the new piece.
Try to fit one solid piece of 3/4 marine grade plywood and you will be happy with the ease and result. A cardboard template will make the measuring a breeze. Also be sure to coat the underside with resin to waterproof it before you set it in.
Have fun...Boatmech

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