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Re: Big project. No, make that BIG project!
Ouch! That is going to take a lot of work to re-do, and it has to be done right in order to avoid problems. For example, Chapelle mentions that the corners of hatch-frames need to be halved, and that the the direction of the grain in the top planking determines which "half" goes on top of the other. Elsewhere (Woodenboat?) IIRC, it comes up that the planking should have the "rings up" to avoid cupping that could lead to rot later. Using plywood may avoid some problems, but to make the new cover look good you're likely to need planks or solid wood of some type somewhere. Screwing it down leads to the leaks and rot you've seen first-hand. Going with epoxy (vacuum-bagging? weights? clamps? respirator?) has other issues. Punxatawney Phil has indicated a quick arrival for spring, so there isn't much time! Good luck!