Anyone here that's a boat owner have fiberglass/floor replacement experience??? I have an older checkmate and looking for some insight.
I actually bought the boat like 2006ish. Used it a few times and pulled it apart to do the floor myself. Well I never finished it and then got into quads and traded it away to a family friend for a trailer. Anyways it's been almost 7 years and I called him up to see what's up and was wondering if he still had myMy friend replaced his with marine grade plywood coated in epoxy. Believe he cut to fit, coated both sides with epoxy then screwed down and covered the whole thing with epoxy again. They sell the epoxy at the Marine store off Exit 6 on 87. I think its called System 3 or something like that. Congrats on the Checkmate. Another friend had one and it was very fast. Stay safe.
I used to have a 69 camaro also that I got from my father. We built it threw highschool. I had a lot of great times in that car.My friend's checkmate had a worked up big block and was scary fast. He also has a '69 Camaro that he drag races. Only thing on the Camaro that is actually a Camaro is the sheet metal though.
Sounds like a nice project. I guess you could use regular fiberglass resin if cost is an issue but that System 3 stuff worked great. I think you can use it directly on fiberglass fabric if weight of plywood is also an issue. Good luck.
I was going to suggest a thin layer of glass to seal both sides. If you're going to use polyester then you should catalyze it, then thin it with acetone and paint wood so that it soaks in nicely. After that dries you should sand it down and wet out a layer of some mat or cloth over the whole thing to seal the deal and keep it from cracking. You can buy some cabosil and microspheres to mix up a filler with the same resin to fill in any gaps, just be sure to glass over any joints or transitions between materials.After that dried I did a single layer of fiberglass cloth across the entire floor.
You better consider pulling it out of the water and doing a bit of an inspection to make sure there's no other damage, sorry to hear of the mishap.Well I just ****ed up. Hit something at 35mph. Looks like I got lucky, all I see is skeg damage but boat is still in the water....
Appreciate that, but I'm sure it will cost more than I paid for this old boat. I'll probably get one of those bolt on skeg things.BTW, there is an AWESOME guy that does Skeg and prop repair in Newburgh if you need somebody. He does work up and down the entire east coast. Used him a couple of times over the years and can highly recommend.