View Full Version : Replacing Bottom Panel on Stich & Glue Drift Boat

06-26-2007, 02:54 PM
I have a 10 yr old Plywood Drift boat that appears to have built using the stitch & glue construction. The bottom is in 2 pieces 1 front 1 rear connected with a butt & block Joint. The only glass is tape on the seams the rest is painted wood.

The front bottom panel has one very bad patch that is 12" sq and sticks up 3/4 of an inch and there are several other spots where the wood has been damaged.

Is it possible to replace the front panel on the bottom, if not what is the best method for repairing damaged plywood.

While the damage is bad on the one panel, the rest of the boat is very sound and will clean up nicely so I would like to keep it.



06-26-2007, 06:11 PM
The best repair for damaged plywood is new plywood. It should be easy to cut a piece of new ply to cover the damaged area, mark the bottom, using the new piece as a pattern. Cut out the with a jig saw and remove the damaged wood. Insert the new ply, butt block in with epoxy glue and screws. Glass taping the outside joints is a good idea but not a requirement. Neater but more work is to scarf (10:1) in the new piece. You can get away with a short (4:1) or better scarf by fiber glassing inside and out.