I've got about fifteen projects going on at one time in my boat, but my main goal is to make the boat very sturdy and capable to handle chop without rattling apart. So I ordered some AV rivnuts (wellnuts) to attach the deck to the bottom of the boat with. Yesterday I took the deck out of the boat and was exposed to a horrendous site the PO didn't tell me about. The bottom of the boat has tons of fiberglassing around all the welds on the ribs and all the way around the center console. Evidently some ribs broke and instead of just welding them, he welded them and then fiberglassed over them. Well, he did a poor welding job on the ribs and the console and I want to have it all professionally welded but I have to get all the fiberglass pulled up first. Some of it just pulled up in big sections, the rest I tried to grind off with my angle grinder, but I'm not sure that's the best method.
Anyone have any experience with this?
Also, should welding an aluminum center console to the ribs in the bottom of my boat be sufficient to hold it down?