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Old 06-22-2010, 03:46 PM
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Old 06-22-2010, 04:31 PM
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It may not be as bad as you think. I had a 79 S&S a loooooooong time ago and I had the same problem. I came from years of people getting in the boat after skiing and dumping all the water from their suits in the back of the boat. I just rolled the carpet up, cut away about 3 feet of flooring and put new treated flooring down. Put a few layers of glass and resin and it was good as new. I think I still have some old pictures that I can scan when I get home.
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Old 06-22-2010, 07:05 PM
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Old 06-22-2010, 07:38 PM
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My middle section of floor gave way first when a 220+ lb buddy of mine jumped into the boat from the platform. That's why you see the 2X4 joist hangers I put between the stringers so I could use the boat for the rest of the summer. When I pulled the middle section out, my stringers seemed to be pretty solid, just a few feet of the floor panels were rotten. I can't recall exactly how I cut everything because it was so long ago, but I think I just cut very carefully with a circular saw until I got to the sides. Used a knife, chisel and sander to get the edges smooth. I have a lot more tools now!
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Old 06-22-2010, 07:43 PM
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Old 06-22-2010, 07:48 PM
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My boat had no foam under the floor. I replaced my exhaust hoses since I had the floor out. Back then I used treated plywood but I'm sure there are better products that can be used now. Cut and shape to fit, put a few layers of matting and resin and it was good to go. My old floor was pretty easy to pull up once it was cut. I put a few small SS screws on the new floor panels. Glued the carpet back down and no one could tell. I used the boat a few more years and I'm on my 3rd MC now. My "Little Boy" in the picture is now 21.

After doing all that work, no one was allowed to step back into the boat until they had dripped off on the platform for at least 30 seconds.
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Old 06-22-2010, 08:29 PM
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Well, OK. Most helpful. Bill's boatworks site is ...uh...sobering.

I don't know whether to be thankful or scared to death. Doing something like this is not outside the realm of what I'm capable of. Now...if my marriage is up to it is an whole 'nother question.

I think I'll start with a little careful exploratory surgery to get a better picture of what I'm really up against.

Pictures soon.

Appreciate the advice and everyone's pictures. I'd *really* like to see someone who's pull the floor of a hull with the same build as mine - exhaust pipes to the inside of the main stringers. Seems like everyone's boat has the pipes running outside the main stringers.
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Old 06-22-2010, 08:45 PM
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Jeff, If it is to much for you to fix it I would be willing to donate time to fix it up for you. I enjoy keeping the older boat's running and restoring them. I still have flooring left over from mine "fir wood" and a ton of epoxy to seal it all up. I feel it is worth it to keep the boat and fix it.
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Old 06-22-2010, 10:23 PM
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Jim - that's a most gracious and amazing offer...wow. Not sure I'm quite ready to throw in the towel yet but I did drop you a PM. Like to chat...

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