Reply To: Updating an early boat
To completely re-deck, you would need 3 sheets of 4mm ply (£50/sheet for the good stuff, but a lot less for the ‘not so good’) and maybe a bit of 2″x1/2″ for some frames. Glues come in all varieties and prices, but expect to use a lot more that you would think!
Masts and sails that are available ‘second hand’ (on this very site), usually have nothing wrong with them, and can represent a considerable saving over the latest models. You should be able to re-rig the boat really well for something like £300-£400. including boom.
Do read the rules very carefully before starting, because, although the measurement rules are fairly ‘open’, a boat that doesn’t measure is often very difficult to put right. If you’ve the time, and patience, to make a good job of it, it’s a very rewarding project.