I'm replacing the deck in a 85 Bayliner 16' runabout outboard. Got all the wood cut out (3/4 ply from lowes)
I'm using polyester resin and whatever fiberglass they sell at Home Depot in a package.
I hear everyone refering to "oz" of fiberglass. The package does not list the weight of the mat, its just woven in a criss cross pattern.
Will one layer of this mat with poly resin be OK for sealing a deck? I will seal it top and bottom. This boat isn't worth epoxy and expensive fiberglass. I just want it to last me a few more years of use, and still be good to sell to someone else after that.
While I have you here, I have another unrelated question. Last few times out I had experienced some leaking of water into the boat. This is what caused the hull to take on water and started the deck to rot.
One time I took the boat out on the lake, and the boat took on a LOT of water, enough to fill the gas tank storage area beneath the splashwell. Next time out it took on barely any water at all.
Trying to figure out where the water is coming from. The bottom half of the transom was rotten, enough to where it was sawdust around the plug. I'm thinking maybe the plug wasn't sealed and was leaking that way?
I gutted the middle section of the transom (its a 3 piece design). I am going to seal up the hole for the plug and leak test the boat by simply launching the boat in the lake with no motor. Just let it float for a while at the dock to see if anything else is leaking.
Sound like an OK idea? 90% of the deck is also removed. (seat boxes are still in) Shouldn't be a problem right?