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Hey all.

I''ve got a 60''s era boat, and the cockpit soul is starting to wear a little thin, as is the glass around the stanchions (I belive this is due to impropper back plating. They are not original equipment) reenforcing the area around the stanchions will be easy enough, but there is no way I can reach the under side of the cocpit sole.
I was thinking about just ripping off all the non skid and paint on the top, putting in some longitudinal runners, and glassing it over, including up the sides of the copit to strengthen it, and to channel water forward through the runners to the drains (which are in the front of the copit for some wierd reason) presuming I could find a way to do this without affecting footing and tripping myself up, would this be an adequate way to solve the situation? other suggestions?

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I think if the cockpit is just worn "thin" but is still solid and not soft or spongy feeling you could just apply a couple layers of glass and epoxy to build it back up. If it feels soft you might have some rotten plywood underneath or whatever they used to build it with. If that is the case then the new runners would need to tie into something solid, allthough extending the new glass up the sides would help some. If you plan on keeping the boat for awhile it might be worth the effort to tear out the sole, find out why it is soft (maybe the forward drains leaking) and fix it for good.
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Another possibility if there are soft sections is that the glass layers have delaminated from the wood core. This can often be repaired by injecting resin into the soft areas. I agree that if the floor is solid, but just worn, adding a few layers seems to be a sensible approach.
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Your well on your way to a great revival of an older boat!!! You have the right idea and would do the same as your doing. However, I would re-glass about 4 inches up from your sole where the sole meets the sides also when you re-glass the bottom you might think about placing some sort of 1/4 inch marine ply oy simular to help with the strength.

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as far as I can tell, it''s just worn thin. It apears to be solid glass all the way through (it''s not that thick) but I will check.... So... is there any way to check that doesnt involve putting a hole through it? Thanks agian for all the great replies.

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