A couple of years ago we replaced the decks on this nifty little classic, and they turned out quite nice…especially after the owner completed the stain and varnish. We've done several boats for him and he is quite handy at doing the work himself, but as with many of our clients they are very busy with their own businesses and don't always have the time to do the work themselves.
He brought the boat back for a replacement bottom as sometime in its life it had fiberglass overlaid the original plywood. Not only was it pretty darn heavy, but several soft spots from the inside were now apparent. Our mission (should we decide to accept it) was to remove the old and replace with a new original-type plywood bottom. We agreed to do two layers of 4m Okume with staggered seams bedded in 5200 for strength and flexibility. The over-sized Ford 312 V8 is certainly going to twist the boat with all that torque.