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Re: Interior refit advice
If you are looking for least expensive, maybe you could re-laminate what you have, but I doubt it. Chisel off the laminate, fill in the uneven surfaces, glue down new laminate and run a router around the edges to trim.
Next least expensive might be to cut new marine grade plywood and paint it. When you buy plywood, it comes in many grades, which indicate the quality of the two sides. I can never remember which is which so look them up. Basically, there is rough surface for places you will never see it, surfaces that are repaired with those football cutouts covering knot holes and unblemished for staining. If you paint you only need plywood that is repaired on one side and rough on the other. If you stain, you really need the better quality. The price goes up quickly for better quality, so don't get more than you need, particularly for a side you don't see.
In any case, you should use marine grade plywood, not just Home Depot stuff, as I believe the glues and inside layers are superior and will last longer.
p.s. a split in the wooden mast? That needs a pro to check to be sure you aren't going to find that coming down on your head. Yikes.
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