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    I am not sure if this is the correct place to post this or not, so if it needs to be moved, please move to the correct area. I have a 1984 Webbcraft Dynasty and I am starting to redo the interior, the area where the side cushion attaches in the bow, there is no access to bolt the upper part of the side cushion, I had to break the original piece to get it out (it was rotted anyway, so no problem with that). I would like to cut out some of the fiberglass where the side cushion attaches and make a cushion with a hole in it and put maybe a cupholder or speaker in the cut out area. Will this weaken the hull of my boat, if this is a bad idea, please let me know. Here is a photo of the area I am wanting to cut out, the cut out area would be may a foot high and 18" to 2 feet long. Anyway, thanks for any direction you can give me.
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    Just curious why such a big hole and not to mention that most likely you will not be hurting the hull at all................ considering you will be cutting into the liner / deck .

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    I am wanting to do something similar to the below photo and cut out an area large enough for speakers and cup holders. In your reply, you stated that it would not hurt the hull, but the context of your sentence suggests that you meant to say that it would hurt the hull because of such a large hole, could I please ask for more clarification? Is this a bad idea?
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    No........................it would not hurt the hull because the deck / liner are two separate pieces ( hull being one part with the deck / liner being the other ) which are mated together after most or all of the hardware , steering , cleats , gauges , bow cushions , electrical , etc , are put on , and most likely this deck during assembly sat on a deck cart which makes it much easier to assemble , and then mated to the hull .

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    Quote Originally Posted by rauto13 View Post
    Is this a bad idea?
    First off I did not understand just what you were trying to do and with the help of your last pic ...................which by the way is something that you should have posted from the get , I say go for it .
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    You are right, that second photo does give a bit more of an explanation, thank you for your help, I greatly appreciate it, just wanted to make sure I was not making a catastrophic mistake cutting that area up

    again thanks for your help

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    Quote Originally Posted by rauto13 View Post
    You are right, that second photo does give a bit more of an explanation, thank you for your help, I greatly appreciate it, just wanted to make sure I was not making a catastrophic mistake cutting that area up

    again thanks for your help
    Quick mention .....................................Do not forget to post up pics when you finish your project or the work in process .

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