Replacing an old thrust board?
Hi, despite the whimsical username, I only have a SIB, a 1986 Zodiac MKII Grand Raid, and it is in need of some repair. I took it in to a local shop to repair a hole in the floor, and get a new inflatable keel, where they pointed out that the DPO (dipshit previous owner) put plywood in as the thrust board. The tech proceeded to tell me how the thrust board should be made out of some exotic thickness super-duper wood and glues into the floor with some wooden wings, and how he'd need to remove it all and custom-make one and blah blah blah to the tune of $1000 (525 pounds sterling). I'm getting the lube ready, but I figured I should consult with the hive mind of the internet before I bend over. Is there a cheaper way to go? Can I get away with some fresh plywood in front of the alum floorboards, or do I need to have the whole thrust board structure rebuilt to spec? Apparently Zodiac no longer makes a thrust board for this model. Keep in mind that I paid $1500 (~780 pounds) for the boat with a running Suzuki DT65 so I don't really feel like spending too much money. It just needs to be "good enough" and not fall apart any sooner than necessary. Cost-benefit and all that crap.