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hmweis posted 12-16-2002 03:23 PM ET (US)   Profile for hmweis   Send Email to hmweis  
My 1980 Newport has several areas in the deck plywood that need to be replace. What is the best method of removal and adhering the replacement. I am also considering regel coating the exterior, any recommendations on material?
JeffA posted 12-18-2002 07:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for JeffA  Send Email to JeffA     
The deck (bow and sides) is all one piece, which comes off by removing the rivets under the rub rail.


jimh posted 12-18-2002 09:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
Jeff--Could you describe in more detail how the Newport is built.

Is the wide gunwale deck a separate piece from the cockpit interior, making the basic boat a 3-piece structure?

smeric posted 12-19-2002 01:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for smeric  Send Email to smeric     
I think I'll jump in here too, as I currently have a Newport deck sitting in my backyard. The Newport deck insert is a single fiberglass piece (I assume that's what we're talking about, not the actual "floor" of the boat).
Jim, it's not really a 3-piece structure unless you also count the console. The deck insert includes the wide gunwale deck and the vertical surfaces on the inside of the boat that create the long storage pockets under the gunwale. There are plywood reinforcements under most of the foredeck and along the sides where the railings are attached. The console is screwed through the deck insert into the starboard side of the hull, and the console also extends forward to create a platform for the seats that you see in front of the console on a Newport.
As Jeff says, the deck insert is riveted to the gunwale beneath the rub rail. When removing it, you have to first drill out the rivets in the rub rail receiver track. On my 1975 model, these rivets go through the track, through the edge of the deck insert, and into the hull. After you remove the track, you'll find a second line of rivets that go through the edge of the deck insert and into the hull.
You also need to remove, or at least detach, the console. It's screwed into the floor and through the side of the deck insert. Finally, you'll need to remove the screws along the bottom of the vertical interior section of the deck insert.
Once the deck insert is loose, 2-3 people can lift it out. It's easier if you remove the forward windshield and railings before lifting. It's not very heavy, but it looses a lot of it's strength when not attached to the boat, so be careful not to twist it too much or you can crack the gelcoat.
That's about how far I've gotten. I've cut, scraped, and sanded the rotten wood underneath the deck, and the next step is to epoxy new wood in place and reattach the whole mess to the boat. I'm thinking of riveting the deck, but using screws for the rubrail to facilitate future replacement.
jimh posted 12-23-2002 07:48 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
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