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It might dry out in a couple of decades but, I may not be around by then. I think it’s easier to get water in the foam than out. (Edit; It’s usually collecting water for a decade or more before it becomes an issue.)

Man this project is getting expensive. The 3/4” marine ply is about the same price as 1/8” 5052 aluminum. However, it looks like it’s an extra $400 more expensive than aluminum by the time you add epoxy, tools and deck paint.

Probably could have got a better deal on the marine ply if I lived on the west side of the state but, I don’t. Thank God.

Oh well. I’ve made my decision to take the wood route on this project and I’m sticking to it. Picked up the plywood today and it’ really nice. Much better than the crap that I bought three years ago.
This saturated foam issue comes up again and again. You would think this stuff should dry out with a little time, but that just doesn't seem to happen. The water must somehow get encapsulated and can't evaporate.

When I redid the ‘67 StarCraft, the water logged foam I pulled out, never dried out. It was sheets of white styrofoam. My mistake was not replacing the dry pieces. A few years latter, that was water logged too. Boat was always pumped out after rain storms and when we were gone, pulled up on an angled trailer with drain plug pulled.

Speaking of drain plug, having the floatation has probably saved many boaters that forgot to put it back in.
I bought more epoxy (WS 105 & 206) than needed. A gallon of resin was the same price as two quarts. Maybe a coat of epoxy on the pink or blue board will help it stay dry longer.
Floatation is a leading USCG inspection failure and many boat recalls are for flotation.

I never used my life jacket, but I keep it in like new condition, wear it constantly.

Could go on for hours about safety equipment.


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I have an ARkansas traveler mid 60's no deck. It had 3 air chambers attached under the seats. Many years ago someone took out the front seat and chamber and cut a hole in the middle seat chamber to try and make a fish well. not a good idea. I am finally reserecting the boat since It has sentimental value to me. I am replacing all the wood seats including the front missing one. What I did was make a new chamber for under the front seat and I am filling all three chambers with blocks of used dock foam. Price was right too. Free from Craigs list. I know this is different than a deck application but this foam can be cut or sliced and put under the deck. Just my thoughts. Good Luck

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