Hello, I am new to this forum and would really appreciate some advice. I own a 1978 Monark McFast 15 with a Suzuki DT 50. I've had it for probably 6 years. When I first got it I had trouble with a seat base that was screwed to the deck kept coming loose for me. I just thought the scews were stripped so I used larger screws and finally put some drywall anchors in that are now loose too. I've also discoverd i have a pretty good sized soft spot around the area.
Up to this point I had no idea how boats were constructed and that there was wood underneath the deck. Looking back it's clear now that I've got some rotting going on. I started searching the internet when I found this forum. There is a tremendous wealth of information on here and I've learned a lot. After reading some other posts I decided to check my transom. I drilled a hole close to the bottom from the inside and it wasn't pretty what came out, soggy, dark, mush.
Like I said Ive never worked on boats before. I had pulled the outboard and started to take the rub rail off to try and lift the top off the hull. Once I started reading on here it looks like most people just cut the deck out to get to the wood underneath and then re-glass it when they are done.
So I'm wondering, Is anyone familiar with this boat and would my original plan of taking the top off and working from the bottom up be a feasible plan?
I've been reading a little about the seacast transom repair method. Would I be a good candidate for this?
Or am I better off looking for another boat? I like the boat but I also don't really want to pour a ton of money into it.
Here are a few pics. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!