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MDF is generally a poor choice of materials to use on a boat, or anywhere near water... You can make a set out of marine plywood that has been epoxied to make it waterproof and help prevent it from delaminating.

Another choice might be to go with ABS to make the new drop boards. if you get a smoked or tinted ABS, you'll be able to get some more light inside the boat, and the stuff doesn't really need to be finished in any way.

It depends on the boat... how traditional a vessel she is and how traditional "looking" you want to keep her.
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