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Re: How much deck over the cabin do I remove?
I have a Grampian 28 with the same situation. I'm also thinking of removing the little pedestals.
I'm not really inclined to work from the inside. It is more awkward! I'd much prefer to work on a deck so expoxy resin and such is more controlable.
Certainly it's easier to manage the recore, and reskinning with gravity as your helper rather than the opposite, but then the issue is attaining a 'factory finish' so that it doesn't look like a patch job ever after. It can be done but takes some skill and patience and the right equipment. Personally I'd probably do the rough work and hire an autobody person to fill and fair, just making sure they don't use regular bondo but rather an epoxy based fairing compound.
Cutting off those pedestal means you could go to the more traditional wooden rails or SS ones like those available from WM or Garhauer once the cabin top is faired and painted.
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