My brother and I recently purchased our first boat, a 1984 27' Starwind. We got it for a song, but one of the cockpit
drains has been leaking into the hull
for several years at this point. I can tell the water
was up to 4' deep at one point.
We hauled out the wet, rotting cushions
and found that all of the plywood
underneath them were also completely rotten. The flooring
was completely rotten as well.
One of the cabinet faces in the galley
and the wall between the head
and the v-berth are going to have to be replaced as well, but I think we're going to splurge for teak
laminate on those, so that they match the other walls. However, all those access panels
are going to be under cushions
. Nobody's ever going to see them, so there's no way I'm paying for hidden teak
on a project
One idea we had was to use MDF sealed with epoxy paint
like that used on guitars. It seems stronger and straighter than plywood
. Is this a huge no-no?
We even kicked around the idea of molding fiberglass
access panels to insure against future rot
forever, but that looks like more work and expense than wood.
As for the cushions, is there a special cloth to use or do most people just pick a fabric
they like? Hopefully the boat will never be full of water
again, but I want everything to be somewhat rot
resistant just due to the ridiculous humidity in Texas
that amplified by being on the water.
We've spent the first two weekends gutting and cleaning
. This weekend I fixed the rotted drain and rewired the bilge pump
(Someone had wired the old one with screw connectors and a car fuse. That didn't last long underwater.). Then we replaced the wall outlets and got shore power
going. Next weekend I'm going to tackle the DC section of the fuse panel and all those circuits, then start on the access panel replacement.
Any help is appreciated.