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So i have a 1995 Gheenoe classic and a poling platform. IM planing on wiring, building front and rear decks, and add false floors. Im also going to have to do some fiberglass work (there are cracks in the rear seat making it weak) also I have had it in the water one time and when it got on plane the floor under my feet was moving is this normal?? Any help would be awsome I have never done something like this soo anything will help!!! (tips on wiring building the decks, adding false floors, and glass work) Thanks and im going to post pics soon...
 

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First off, congrats on your new ride.

Lots of helpful folks on here willing to help.

Best thing to do is to take pictures of the areas of concern and post them so we can all see what you're dealing with.

The greatest thing about all the gheenoes is they are easy to work on, modify and, if need be, to fix.

The floor flex sounds normal; it's a gheenoe. Lightweight is good, but will flex on the floor which is normal. Excessive flex might be a sign of trouble but honestly it's normal for a floor to flex a good bit. Not unnerving if you've spent time in a royalex canoe or something but certainly an eye-opener if you've come from a traditional flats boat.

Breeze through this section, as well as the bragging post to get some ideas of how others have tackled the same issues you're thinking of now. Then post some pics and questions and we'll all pitch in where we can.

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HAHA I got it!! Here she is and Now ready to become pretty again!!!!!
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Now here are my problem spots and i need help and advice on how to fix it!!!
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Most people would recommend epoxy resin for repairs.
That looks like a great start.

I would love to come across a Gheenoe like that.
What model Gheenoe is that?
All I always find is the narrow back ones.
I would like a wide back one.
 

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Its a 98 classic 15'6. I got it with the EZloader trailer! what brand name resin should I use? Where can i find this to buy? I dont want to go to west marine cuz they rip you off!!!
 

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West marine might be a expensive looking but epoxy is not cheap in general.

Check around on the web for prices to get a general idea then look around your area for specialty shops that sell resins and epoxies in the yellow type book or the web. Take a look at bateau.com they have epoxy trial kits that look reasonably priced and would be a good way to start and to get a better idea of quantities you will need to finish your project.

Fiberglass polyester resin is not a good bonding agent. It is great for lay ups but not repairs. The work that has been done on your boat looks like they used polyester not to mention they did a bad job of preparing the areas. It looks like it will peel off when it gets used.

You will need to grind down past the gelcoat and into the fiberglass in order for a good repair. and like Str8 said use epoxy.
 

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Check out Raka and Fiberglass Coatings for epoxy, glass, and supplies. The are both Florida companies too.
 

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After fixing the spots I plan on repainting the boat inside and out! will I be able to hide the bad patch job with the new paint??
 

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With the proper fairing yes. But how confident are you in the repair? May be easier to redo the patch and safer in the long run.
 

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Try Fiberglass Coatings Inc down in Ft. Lauderdale.
They supply the local marine store that I buy it from.

Or you can try online at http://boatbuildercentral.com/
 
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