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Structural fibreglass

I've just moved to a house where the garden runs down to a tidal estuary, with mooring at the end of the garden. Perfect, eh? I want a boat for fishing and fun. I've been offered, very cheaply, an 18'6" x 6' fibreglass river cruiser which seems to be made from a one-piece hull and a one-piece superstructure which have been pop-riveted together. The superstructure is ugly and has only a small central cockpit, and I want to know if I can safely remove it, stiffen the upper edge of the hull with timber and build a small superstructure and consul right forward, leaving a large proportion of the boat as open deck. Am I going to weaken the integrity of the boat too much by doing this? I'm new to boating, but have practical skills in woodworking etc. The boat would be propelled by a 20 hp outboard. Any advice would be gratefully received. Thanks! John B

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Topic - Structural fibreglass - John B 23:59:24 05/06/01 (1)

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