J16 Front deck

Discussion in 'Boat Yard Basics' started by SouthwestFL, Aug 9, 2010.

  1. SouthwestFL

    SouthwestFL CS J16 w/ 25 FS

    Ok, the front deck on my skiff cracked a while ago. I have been getting by until recently when the deck cracked further and needed to be taken off. The wood was nasty and wet. After a lot of checking this site out and speaking to others, I decided it would be a good idea to build my own custom deck. Well, I suck at fiberglass work! For many reason, but the reason I am here is because I am looking for any other idea(s) on where I can get a front deck. At this point, I wouldn't mind just putting a stock on it but the prices are rather high ... Any ideas or advise??? Thanks

  2. Brett

    Brett > PRO STAFF <

    I see three options
    Buy a new deck from Carolina Skiff.
    Build your own from plywood, fiberglass and epoxy.
    Repair the one you have. It's not difficult.
  3. SouthwestFL

    SouthwestFL CS J16 w/ 25 FS

    Well, I've build on from marine ply, glass and epoxy, but it looks like hell. The glass gelled too quick for me most of the time and the one I took off... well it may not look like it from the pics, but almost all the wood was soft and wet. So I guess i'll have to spend an outrageous amount from a Carolina Skiff dealer. :-[
  4. Gramps

    Gramps Living &amp; Dying in 3/4 Time

    Take measurements of where the wood is now, grind out the old stuff, slap in some new wood, bed in an epoxy putty, lay new glass & resin over it. Clean it up, paint it maybe and put it back on the boat. Should cost less than $100.
  5. Brett

    Brett > PRO STAFF <


    The reason it cracked was the unsupported span length.
    Run a leg down to the sole to carry the load and prevent future problems.
  6. makin moves

    makin moves Well-Known Member

    there is a guy on tampa craigslist that has brand new carolina front decks on close out you might want to check it out -tampa.craigslist.org/psc/boa/1890803186.html
  7. Cody_Music

    Cody_Music Fishin' cheap!!

    I have a buddy that is a CS dealer. The front decks start around $200. So if you tried to build one and was unsucessful, save money and just buy a new one!
  8. richg99

    richg99 1652 G3, & 1756 Lowe tinnys

    You might try going to the Carolina skiff owner website. Someone might have one sitting in the corner of their garage and be glad to get rid of it.

    I had a rear deck that took up space for a year before someone put up an adv. looking for one. Also, try to adv. on Craigslist (want to buy). You'd be surprised how much "stuff" is out there. Rich