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Zoso2142
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Bottom work

Post by Zoso2142 » Wed Jun 06, 2018 7:07 pm

I have a 1959 23' Cavalier and am curious as to if someone has an idea on how to support one side to replace a full section of plywood. Which was damaged by the previous owner who used the wrong trailer and cracked it 4" inboard of the chine. Just looking for options other then flipping it first. Thanks in advance :mrgreen:
1959 Chris Craft Cavalier 23'

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Re: Bottom work

Post by Captain Nemo » Sat Jun 09, 2018 8:09 am

Have you considered patching rather than pulling a whole section that might still be good? That is an advantage of plywood construction, you can do that. Cutting out a small part is a lot easier.
Boats are to be made of wood, otherwise, God would have grown fiberglass trees.

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Re: Bottom work

Post by Zoso2142 » Sat Jun 09, 2018 10:41 am

Yeah that was my original plan but my ocd side started to kick in lol
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Re: Bottom work

Post by Captain Nemo » Sat Jun 09, 2018 10:51 am

I wouldn't feel bad about doing it that way. Make sure you glue it well and make some good battens at the seams.
Boats are to be made of wood, otherwise, God would have grown fiberglass trees.

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Re: Bottom work

Post by jfrprops » Mon Jun 11, 2018 7:59 am

Heck yeah...a patch is the way to go on that job...plywood is easy.
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Re: Bottom work

Post by Zoso2142 » Tue Jun 12, 2018 7:09 pm

I understand the patch would work well. I guess my thought was if I made the whole bottom new then it could be good for another 50 years with proper maintenance but maybe the rest is still good (havent found soft spots or swelling) and will last longer then what Im thinking in my head lol
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Re: Bottom work

Post by Captain Nemo » Tue Jun 12, 2018 9:31 pm

Yeah, if you're not finding any delaminations or rot anywhere, I would patch it. Chris Craft used the best quality marine plywood available, back in those days.
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Re: Bottom work

Post by jfrprops » Wed Jun 13, 2018 8:13 am

Nemo is right...CC used the best ply available and you would be hard pressed to find its affordable equal today. Patch it and Go Boating...
John in Va.
1980 Fairchild Scout 30
19?? custom Argentine Runabout 16'
1954 Whirlwind deluxe dual ckpt 16'
1921 Old Town Charles River 17' (founding Captain, James River Batteau Festival)

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