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'87 21' Enchanter Deck and Stringer Replacement


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After the sticker shock of the estimate to replace the floor of my boat, my husband and I decided to do it ourselves. This Forum has been very helpful. We're experienced with carpentry but new to glass work. Been watching YouTube videos. There's a Boatworks one that been great.

Here's where we are at this point:
- deck and stringers have been removed
- in very bottom of boat (spine?) under a layer of heavy fiberglass, I have to remove a long strip of mushy wood blocks (wet and black)

Been taking pictures as we go and have a diagram of rebuild with dimensions.

-what type of wood is used in the spine? They're small blocks 1/2 inch high.
-Stringers get glassed to the hull. Should the stringers be glassed to the plywood deck? How? Only access will be from the ski locker side.
-looks like hull and deck putty is used to bed the stringers, right?
-how difficult is it to replace a bilge pump? Figure while we have the gas tank out, now is the time. And are bilge pumps universal?
-any advice on working with fiberglass would be appreciated. Already have a 1 1/4 inch belt sander on the way to remove the rest of the old glass that I couldn't pry up.
- once all the debris is removed, what do I use to wipe down the existing plywood? One YouTube video mentioned acetone, a post said alcohol.

What else should I be asking?

PS. If I can figure out how to attach pics, I will.