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I'd highly recommend you read this post on cored GRP construction that I wrote. It talks about the pros and cons of the different core materials, as well as the pros and cons of some of the materials used in GRP construction—like Carbon Fiber, Kevlar, and fiberglass.

I'd also point out that re-coring a deck from the top is generally going to be far easier and faster than trying to do so from underneath, since gravity is working for you and you're far less likely to layup the repair with voids.

Also, try and make solid fiberglass pads for the areas you will be mounting deck hardware. If you can't do that, at least make sure you properly rout the core material out and pot the holes with thickened epoxy to protect the new core from water intrusion.

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I think i will be going with wood instead of foam ...I prefer the strengh, feel ill be more confortable working with wood... im not sure if ill use balsa or plywood. Any suggestion?

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Definitely check out Tim Lackey's restoration of Glissando, pointed to by mitiempo. Also, West has a well written article on repairing the Balsa Core here.

For material, if you would like to try the material that the US Navy uses (not affected by moisture, has better structural properties than balsa, but weighs a little more), send me a PM, and I'll put you in touch with the manufacturer.


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