Hope you didn't pay $500 for it, but in as you now have it.. why not do it right? Before you go adding layer after layer of cloth and before you rip off the top layers of the deck. About every foot or two across the deck lay a board on edge and draw the curve of the deck and cut them so you can support the deck from the underside. Because it's a small boat it would be easier to re-deck then fix the old and adding too much weight topsides. New foam core is not expensive and by time you mess with plywood and too many layers of cloth to make it rigid, it will be stronger and lighter with the foam core. Keep in mind the curve and glass on bottom (inside) of the deck is what gives it strength.
It's not apparent in the photos but it may be even easier to take the deck off the hull and reinforce if from the inside. IF you can get the hull to deck joint apart.
Denise, Bristol PA, Oday 30. On Tidal Delaware River, Anchor Yacht Club.
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