I'm trying to restore a Naples Sabot with a Plywood hull and what I think are mahogany rails. The mast and boom are also wood.
It has been stored indoors for most of the last 40+ years but spent some time before that sailing in a bay and stored in the sun for a year or two. There is an old varnish on the hull and aparently no varnish on the inside. I am worried about how to prepare and finnish the boat. If i sand though the varnish on the hull will the plywood be too thin? (i'd hate to get out into a bay and put my foot through the bottom).
My plan for the bottom currently is to sand the varnish off which takes me about half way through the first ply of wood (it's only 3 ply), and then varnish the whole thing. Once that battle is won i also have to figure out how to rig the thing (I learned to sail as a kid but forgot most of it)
If anyone out there can help identify what to do with the rigging or restoration, i'd be much obliged