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looking for ideas...

gonna redeck my boat this winter and im looking for a lightweight alternative to plywood.

maybe a honeycomb material sandwiched with sheathing of some sort?

possibly fiberglass casing a smaller lighter piece of plywood?

any advice will help

thanks guys..

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check out tinboats.net There is a ton of good info over there about redoing tin boats!

Jeff

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I used some of that plastic decking material for my deck extension. Works great and is completely waterproof. However, it is kind of heavy and expensive, but if you can get your hands on it, it would be a good alternative.

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Keep in mind the structural requirement for you deck(s). They may hold your weight just fine. But, if you have pedestal seats, the deck needs to be strong enough to withstand the considerable forces these seats will exert. The taller the pedestal the more leverage your weight will exert. Honeycomb is available, so is a foam core with fiberglass sides. The problem is it will need to be reinforced in areas of great strain. Seats, cleats, etc., cannot just be bolted in place. You might need a plate on each side to take the abuse. You need a plate on foam core because tightening bolts will compress the foam and distort the panel.

I know you don't want wood, but it's probably the most practical for you. It's solid. Relatively inexpensive. And, readily available. The problem with wood. Unless sealed, or well ventilated, it rots.

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If you end up using wood, make sure to check out tinboats. There is a plethora of knowledge on how to make wood work. My boat is all aluminum. More expensive, but will NEVER rot!

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check out tinboats.net There is a ton of good info over there about redoing tin boats!

Jeff

+1 great place for tinboat info

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looking for ideas...

gonna redeck my boat this winter and im looking for a lightweight alternative to plywood.

maybe a honeycomb material sandwiched with sheathing of some sort?

possibly fiberglass casing a smaller lighter piece of plywood?

any advice will help

thanks guys..

Please don't hate my suggestion but Chase @ World Panel Products, Inc. in Riviera Beach, FL ( east coast near West Palm ) has a PLETHORA of lightweight alternatives to your standard Okoume..

Good Luck & May the force be with you ;)

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