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Old 01-24-2023, 09:40 AM
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1981 38 Scarab Flatdeck. I bought this boat back in September and have begun getting it water ready for spring 2023. Transom was wet and front bulk head was gone,so naturally we started to cut it all out.








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Good luck with the redo !
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Nice. Great looking boat, should be perfect when you're done!
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When you go to redo it you may consider a 1 inch layer of balsa wood on outside layer, followed by a layer of glass, and a final layer of a more traditional hardwood with a mat of glass over that. The balsa wood grain does not allow water to travel and will not allow the whole transom to rot out. The grain itself travels front to back instead of side to side like the traditional wood. You may get some localized rot from water penetration, but will remain localized and will not spread. This is the build method of Saber and can tell you from experience and reading some of others that it works. They also don't run the wood all the way to the edges, there is a gap of 1-2 inches and don't quite understand why, just that it works well.
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nice 38! don't remember seing it for sale anywhere!
watch yourself ! you might get bitten by the '' might as well '' disease !
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Originally Posted by TexomaPowerboater View Post
wow !
Original ???
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Cutting out those ribs is not an easy task!



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were the ribs rotted too ?
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Thatís a sweet boat !!!!

Canít wait to see it done !!!
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