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Randell 'Randy' Kocurek

Bud,
1974 W32 has a teak hatch cover 2ft. x. 2 ft. over the lazarette. A couple of the strips of teak have come off but are salved. These are a full 1/4" thick and have at least one edge slightly routed to accept caulk. The teak strips appear to be attached with tiny dowels under bungs. Could that be correct? There appears to be plywood of 1/4" to 3/8" (rough guess) below the teak strips. The plywood is very slightly rotted along one edge, albeit quite minor really. It is allowing water ingress but a minor amount (tarp protects it).
There are cross braces under the plywood holding the plywood. The braces appear to be in excellent condition, as does the teak frame.

My thoughts are to label all, remove the teak strips, clean scrub and strip all, somehow cut out the plywood, replace it with a good marine grade plywood, and caulk caulk caulk and glue glue glue with Resorcinol after using a teak primer.

Another thought I had was to possibly use the old plywood, braces, etc... as a form to wrap with fiberglass and make a fiberglass waterproof structure and then somehow fit the old teak strips into the top of that, sort of a cosmetic detail.

Do you have any suggestions on how to rebuild this hatch?
Thanks.

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