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How thick was the core? It was advertised as 3/4". Good luck with your restoration. Should be bulletproof with the core replacement n. U can view any damage issues n glass properly.
Well to my surprise it was a lot more saturated then I expected. Basically it has been like this for a long time I would only imagine, but it is three-quarter inch but it looks like it may be quarter-inch top and bottom with what looks like maybe Balsawood sandwiched in between? That could possibly be a option? But for now I’m just going to take it slow and easy and do my best to make sure that I don’t damage anything else upon taking it out. I found that setting my Skil saw to basically just cut through the laminate and 3/4 of it going through the wood maybe less I can take an oscillating tool and run under it and just peel it up with a Scraper. I know it sounds weird but I’m actually excited about taking all that out and starting over fresh I was very pissed off yesterday but as I kept on getting further into it I just looked at it as a positive thing.
 

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Ur doing the right thing with a proper repair. Repair hull from inside n installing new core n reglass over core n new finish. Just thinking I had that hull with 2 different mercury engines 35 n 50 hp two strokes for 4 years n no issues.
 

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You’re definitely right. Something told me with a busted keel rib That there was going to be water intrusion. Hopefully by the end of the week I’ll have the most of the floor out. What do you recommend as far as type of fiberglass to strengthen up and reinforce the floor. Would 1708 be OK to lay down
 

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You’re definitely right. Something told me with a busted keel rib That there was going to be water intrusion. Hopefully by the end of the week I’ll have the most of the floor out. What do you recommend as far as type of fiberglass to strengthen up and reinforce the floor. Would 1708 be OK to lay down
Boat Brains would be ur go to guy for the repair layup. Think u should clean it all up first then post pictures with ur findings.
Personally I used epoxy n mat n 1708 n c oosa board to repair a waterlogged pirogue.
 

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With it being wet for so long the glue has failed. Use your saw and cut around the perimeter and tear off the top layer. Then stand it up and use your pressure washer to clean it out. The rotten wood will blow out.

When it is clean post pics with your findings of any damage. Then we can give you rebuild advice based on budget.
 
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Just like the guys said, take your time and you’ll get there! When/if you get frustrated just walk away. For a proper repair scedule I will need some info and measurements but we’ll cross that bridge when ya get to it.
 

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@Boatbrains thanks bud.. yea I get a lil agitated from time to time on it but in the end when it’s all done I will appreciate it so much more being basically built from scratch with my own two hands and some damn good advice from guys like you on here. Thanks a million!
 

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Focus on getting it gutted, sanded and cleaned.

Then step two...draw your plan for it

Then post pics of your plan and we'll guide you from there.
 

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Dealership I bought it told me 3/4" core plywood n no other details. They also offered a side console as an option n I measured n copied in mahogany n built it. What did he fill, the strakes with? How thick is the hull?
 
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