Thank You Ray. Great information and confirms my thoughts as well.The decks in my 14' Lund S14 are all "add-ons." I replaced the lower decks between the benches last year with 3/4" ply; it's what I had in the shop when I did it.
I'm replacing the front casting deck now; it had 3/4 ply on it, but I'm putting in new 5/8" ply. It's exterior-rated sanded BCX from the big box store. I went with 5/8th because there's sufficient structure underneath, it saves a few pounds over 3/4, and was a few bucks cheaper. I think 1/2" ply would flex too much for my tastes, unless I really beefed up the supporting structures.
All of the ply I use on the boat is covered with a coat of fiberglass resin to provide moisture protection. I pay particular attention to the edges of the ply to reduce moisture absorption into the end grain of the ply veneers.
I like the aluminum method as well. I’ll probably go back to plywood for cost. By the way, nice catch!I redid a 16 ft lund ssv i do believe it is, i used aluminum with pieces of 2x10 pressure treated for where the pedestal were attached.crappy picture of it but you can see some of it. I'm going to paint it or put some aquadek on it this year. It lightened the boat up nicely.
Thanks good luck with your project and happy fishingI like the aluminum method as well. I’ll probably go back to plywood for cost. By the way, nice catch!
Thank you for sharing. Well done.I did pike rebuild a few years back.... I used 5/8" marine plywood, because that was what Lund used originally.
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Some where onthis site is write up of my restore process... I think the label was "the life of a 81 pike" if you want to look at it...
Thanks for the link. I really enjoyed seeing your restoration.Here is my boat restore link...
The life of a 1981 Lund Pike Dlx 16As origanlly built What it looked like when I bought it 3 years ago ($800, boat, 60 hp Merc, & trailer). After I pulled out the rotting red carpet. Notices the holes in the floor. The boat needed a battery. The high speed side of the stator and the charging bridge were shot...www.tinboats.net