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Old 12-05-2015, 09:03 AM
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I'm a new member. I'm reupholstering a Mastercraft 2001 Prostar Mono haul vdrive. It has three engine hatches. After taking the staples out, I discovered Mastercraft does not use wood or starboard under the foam, they use a 1/2" panel of aluminum that has a honeycomb core. I've never seen this product before and would like some input on where to find it, cost, or any other options. It has deterioration around where the hinges bolt on etc.
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Old 12-05-2015, 09:42 AM
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Try this.

http://www.portafab.com/alum-on-alum.html
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Old 12-05-2015, 11:18 AM
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Or just replace it with starboard

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Old 12-05-2015, 11:38 AM
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I've noticed that larger pieces of starboard less then 3/4 thick will tend to bow without support when flat.
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Old 12-05-2015, 01:09 PM
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I've noticed that larger pieces of starboard less then 3/4 thick will tend to bow without support when flat.
Correct. You need to either repair the existing panel or buy new. Starboard has very little structural strength compared to the original panel. It is also heavier and will ultimately begin to sag from walking on it. Do you have a picture of the damage near the hinges? Maybe there is a way to reinforce this area (pour epoxy filler into the honeycomb) and reuse the panel?
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Old 12-05-2015, 03:54 PM
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Could probably TIG or spool gun fill it, drill and tap??
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Old 12-06-2015, 07:09 AM
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Thanks for the all the info. I'm going to get a quoit on the panels from the website you gave me . If it's to high I think I'll try West Systems G-Flex and fiberglass cloth. Replacing looks like a time consuming proposition and costly.
Thanks again, you all were a great help.

Jerry
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Old 12-06-2015, 11:26 AM
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I would drill some holes into honeycomb (in between the top & bottom sheets) to allow fiberglass resin to flow in and reinforce the structure and fill it to the edges of the board so that you have all voids around the hinge areas filled and then redrill mounting holes with a flanged threaded insert on the back side to allow it to be bolted back together.
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