1979 Cajun project?

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  1. kreationsbytom
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    kreationsbytom New Member

    I got a 1979 Cajun trihull from a friend. it has an 85 h.p. Johnson that runs great. the floor is bad in it though. Any thoughts on whether it is worth fixing? I will post pics later today.
  2. JosephT
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    JosephT Senior Member

    There is a "Boat Building" thread you may want to post this to. The boat you describe is quite a common ski boat. Replacing the deck can be a big job if the existing deck and other adjacent framing is rotted as well. Your best bet is to probably:

    1. Remove all seats & other hardware attached to the deck.
    2. Remove carpet & inspect the wood. If the damage is beyond the deck and into adjacent frames & stiffiners I would probably go on the hunt for a new hull (or boat).
    3. If only the deck is damaged, you can cut out the bad sections with a portable circular saw (set blade depth no deeper than thickness of deck).
    4. Replace deck (marine plywood, fiberglass encapsulated...no pin holes to allow water intrusion!!!).
    5. Re-carpet the deck & reinstall hardware.
    6. Gas up & go :cool:
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