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    Posted: 08/15/2019 at 8:30pm
Hello out there.  I'm very new to the forum.  It is my hope to chat with those who have gone before me, as well as those who are in the process. There may even be some who will read this a few years down the road. I recently purchased the boat as a project for retirement.  The down side to this is I'm just under 2 years away from the date (if things go as dreamed).  While waiting for the date to come when I can spend too much time, money, and sweat on this project, I intend on using this forum as a sounding board.
Step 1.  As we all have figured out, the Tracker cabins were not well thought out when pertaining to wall materials.  I have seen some pics and a small amount of discussion from those who have replaced their walls.  This will be my first project.  I have conducted my investigation, and have concluded that "re-skining" with Filon or Luan would not be a good idea.  The first thing I learned about this method is that if you do, you are doomed to do it again (or live with delaminated walls).  Filon and Luan are fiberglass material, which is made into a sheet of material.  The Filon is then heat/glued/pressed on to plywood.  As you readers are most likely thinking, yes wood. Tracker had used a material worse than wood "Masonite" siding.  The problem with wood or masonite is that it will absorb moisture, and yes-here comes the mold. Once moisture is introduced to the wood, the rot will follow.  This means that soon the glue, which is holding the Filon to the plywood will have nothing to stick to, and here comes the unattractive bubbling or delamination.
In order to prevent moisture and mold we need to get rid of the wood!  Here is where our friends aluminum and plastic composites come into play.
Wall thickness:  The cabin has a metal skeleton, and the walls are non-structural.  There is what is referred to as an "H" channel, which the wall panels are inserted into.  The channels are 1" thick so we need to be a tad less than an inch if possible.  
I have located a company that can manufacture a 25 MM double sided aluminum panel with a corrugated core.  The aluminum can be shipped in several different sizes and colors.  I'm looking a bare aluminum 4' x 8' sheets.  I plan to apply automotive paint before installing them. Yes these panels are not cheap (about $275 per) but remember, we only need to cover an area less than 85 square feet.
The panels can be cut with regular cutting tools, so inserting windows will not be a problem.
The main wall I'm worried about would be the helm wall.  Yes the helm came off in my lap as well.
I will either fabricate a in-wall support in order to attach the helm, or more likely I will purchase a new console that I can bolt to the floor. (The helm is inside the cabin on my boat)

Now for my plea for thoughts and better yet, answers:
What about the head walls?  Will I need to replace this wall, or is it a shell with an exterior panel behind it?
What about the cabinets?  I have read in the blog that the cabinets are attached to the skeleton, and not the walls.  Is this true?  Has anyone replaced the cabinets?

Looking forward to some feedback, thanks!
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