This last summer I picked up a boat, my first boat. It's an old 1977 14' Starcraft power boat that was completely gutted...no more windshield, steering column, front deck, floor, nothing. Then it had a wood floor put in, 1/4" ply that cracks when you walk on it, the transom was cut up to fit a 1974 Johnson 25, and the boat got a junk paint job. I paid a total of $1,000 for the boat, trailer, outboard, old Sears trolling motor, gas tank, marine battery, and a random pile of stuff I found cleaning the boat...plugs, tools, lures, etc... I've been doing a lot of reading about various things need for a boat renovation. I have some unanswered questions that I would like help with. Please note that this not just a budget project, this is a "tight budget" project. I would like to see the boat end up as a dual-purpose fishing/family boat 1. Floor- 1/4" ply is too thin, would 1/2" be overkill? 2. 2 lb density flotation foam...there is none, should I get some? 3. Epoxy paint is expensive, what's cheaper that would hold up for at least a couple years? 4. Should I be scared of replacing all the wood in the transom? 5. Is it true that treated plywood corrodes aluminum? 6. Olympic Maximum Solid Color Stain...seems like the best bang for the buck? I have absolutely no experience with renovation boats, any input would be much appreciated. I am quite capable of complex tasks as I am an aircraft mechanic, please don't hold back. If someone would like to see specific parts of the boat, I am willing to take and post pictures. Thank you in advance!!