Does anyone know if the forward cabin top on a 1974 36 Sport Express was cored with plywood?

When you open the berth hatch you can see a plywood end grain under it all the way around.

Not sure if this is a backing for mounting the hatch or if the entire top is cored with plywood.

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Tom, I don't think it is cored.  I won't be able to check for several days and mine is obviously different being a 35 and a 1968 but as I remember there is a spacer between the inner and outer flanges and it may be plywood.  This is subject to poor memory.  If it is as I expect sandwiched fore and aft with the foredeck reinforcing bows that run port to starboard in the cuddy.  If like mine there are seams in the headliner at each bow.  The headliner is sandwiched between the inner flange and the deck or ply spacer.

Tim

Thanks Tim. Hope you're doing well.

I was thinking it was a spacer. When you look at the underside of the deck (cabin top) from inside the rope locker, you can see the backing plates for the rails and bow cleat that are obviously plywood. The surface doesn't seem to contain any wood. Not that familiar with the 70's era commanders.

on my 1969, the entire foredeck is plywood with a thin layer of glass on top. I would not be surprised if construction methods changed from 1969 to 1986 though.

Thanks Jim. Kind of surprised to hear that the 36 may be plywood.

My 1969 35ft. Sport Cruiser has plywood in the deck that read less than 15 percent moisture which is very good.

Re-reading the original post and looking at photos - your hatch is in the cabin top, mine is in the foredeck.

Can you remove a bit of headliner to see the underside? That would tell you for sure.

This is a boat I'm looking at. Don't think the owner would like me peeling the headliner back

Like I said, you can see part of it in the rope locker. It doesn't appear to be wood cored, just thought someone would know for sure. I have a 31 that isn't, not sure if the 35 is the same as the 36.

Tom,like I said, feel for the reinforcing bows at the headliner seams.

There are bows, not sure that's part of the coring.

When I put the headliner in my 31, it had bows glassed in but they were solid mahogany.

That was the cabin area and probably was to support the bridge floor.

Just to be clear, I'm talking about the area between the windshield and the point of the bow.

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This is from of my probably never to be completed vee berth headliner replacement.

Tim

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