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I stumbled across this site looking for ideas and answers to repair the deck/floor in my newly acquired single owner $100 barn find! Bought the boat from a widowed lady whose husband had torn out the weak deck prior to his passing and the boat had been sitting since 1995 in a shed basically I’m touched. I’m still in the process of getting the paperwork formalized in order but anxious to get this little boat on the water. What I know so far:
1. Dixie Boatworks is no longer in business so there’s no luck finding assistance from the manufacturer.
2. There’s a lot of hoops to jump thru with NC Wildlife getting registration when the original owner is deceased.
3. There are even more hoops to jump thru with NC getting the trailer registered with the Deparment of Transportation.
4. There’s a lot of cleaning (and spiders) to do on a boat that has been sitting 23 years in a barn. People look at you funny at woman vacuuming and washing a boat at the car wash.
5. ‘Marine’/treated plywood is expensive (also heavy) but a 4x8 sheet WILL fit inside my little Ford Explorer (short girl triumph shown in pics). So far I’ve invested $91 more dollars in plywood, resin, expoxy, water resistant (closed cell) foam, brushes and disposable mixing bucket.
6. I have no idea if the motor that came with the boat even works yet, but I know it is not the original motor. The original motor was swapped with a pontoon boat by ‘one of the grandkids’ because it had a higher horsepower. Supossidely it ran before the swap.
7. I am tired of sitting home on weekends while my older son takes the ‘other boat’ out and there’s not enough room with his girlfriend and the dogs. I have another son who is twelve who will be assisting me on this build and this will become ‘our boat’ until he gets a girlfriend & outgrows hanging out with mom. (Side note: I’m a single Mom, but ain’t raising no sissy’s & we all love to fish).
8. Apparently there are rodents who tunnel thru foam under the deck based on the “evidence” that have found recently. But not anymore!
9. I am already in love with the LED lighting strips ideas. Although this is a 1976 Dixie 316 and I would like to keep it as original as I can...we will have those secret lighting upgrades :)
10. No the boat is not for sale...yet! I’ve already been offered five times what I’ve paid for it!

I look forward to insight and discovering tips from you guys. I hope you don’t get disgusted by my constant photo barrage as I document my progress or my mundane questions as I come across them.

Here’s day one! The before photos:
 

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If you could source some meranti or okoume plywood rather than the marine, it would be significantly lighter and stronger as you can usually get by using 3/8" w/ the right lamination of fiberglass; also, when all is said / done, the expense is near the same as you use far less epoxy.
 

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Epoxy and resin are NOT compatible, you need to use polyester or vinylester resin along with okume or meranti ply, the pressure treated stuff is not going to be a good choice for many reasons. It would probably be a good idea to fill the space under the ply with Coast Guard foam, it would provide floatation and keep the water out of that space.
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I’m not sure yet! Somebody please comfirm before I start cutting! Should I take it back and get something different?
You should take it back. Okoume is expensive but the best. Marine ply is definitely good enough.

Coatings do not bond well with pt wood. In addition they are wet and when you seal it the water is now trapped in and will eventually cause delamination.
 

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You should take it back. Okoume is expensive but the best. Marine ply is definitely good enough.

Coatings do not bond well with pt wood. In addition they are wet and when you seal it the water is now trapped in and will eventually cause delamination.
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Looking at the pics of your motor it might have the long shaft and it appears to have the ventilation below the hull.
If that is in fact true, your lower unit has a 5" section that can be removed to make it a short shaft.
You can replace the drive shaft or have a machine shop cut and weld it.
If the pics aren't showing it properly, ignore this.
 

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Looking at the pics of your motor it might have the long shaft and it appears to have the ventilation below the hull.
If that is in fact true, your lower unit has a 5" section that can be removed to make it a short shaft.
You can replace the drive shaft or have a machine shop cut and weld it.
If the pics aren't showing it properly, ignore this.



You may have forgot a few things ....
 

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Looking at the pics of your motor it might have the long shaft and it appears to have the ventilation below the hull.
If that is in fact true, your lower unit has a 5" section that can be removed to make it a short shaft.
You can replace the drive shaft or have a machine shop cut and weld it.
If the pics aren't showing it properly, ignore this.
It would be easier, cheaper, and get better results to build up the transom than go thru that trouble, if indeed it needs to be done. ( I cant see the pics..)
 
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