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Offline blairv

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Replacing the Floor in my Boat
« on: Fri 26 Jul 10:02 2019 »

Hey all. Thought I might share a project that I have been doing over the last few weeks. The floor on in my boat was getting fairly old and looking worse for wear so I decided to take the plunge and embark on building and fitting a new one. It was also a good opportunity to clean the bilge, replace the fuel line and check all the wiring to the bilge pumps, etc.

After a bit of research, I decided not to go for carpet again as I was sick of the cleaning hassle and instead went for a teak look EVA foam as I had seen this on a friends boat and it was quite impressive.

The base material was 12mm marine ply which I coated in Everdure Primer and Sealer for waterproofing.

One I have waterproofed it all and checked fitting I gave the floor two coats of 2 Pac undercoat in white - Norglass Shipshape Primer Undercoat. I was pretty happy with how this ended up looking at this stage and got to securing the floor to the frame using SS screws and Tefgel to stop the corrosion. I also added Sika to the screw holes through the floorboards.

I also took the opportunity to replace the old manky flotation under the floor as well, replacing the polystyrene with closed-cell foam. I also replaced all the under gunnel foam at the same time. There was a clear lack of flotation in the boat so I was glad to get the new stuff in there.

Around the border of the floor, I fitted neoprene foam tape to stop any rubbing between the floor and the hull. This also helps stop stuff falling down into the hull underneath.

Once I had fitted the floor, I lifted it again and applied the EVA foam over the top. The rolls of foam have a 3M adhesive backing and are extremely sticky. After a few false starts, I got it all sorted and refitted the finished floor into the boat. I was getting short on the foam at this stage so had to be a bit creative to use the offcuts for the floor hatches.

Overall I am pretty happy with the result - it looks a lot better and the floor is nice and stable. It is also easy to clean and there is no fish stink that you end up with if you have carpet
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    Re: Replacing the Floor in my Boat
    « Reply #1 on: Fri 26 Jul 12:38 2019 »
    awesome post mate, good read
    MSB

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    Re: Replacing the Floor in my Boat
    « Reply #2 on: Fri 26 Jul 15:27 2019 »
    Hi,

    Looks good and gives you the satisfaction that you know it was done properly. Good work.

    Cheers,

    Ross
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    Offline erudition

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    Re: Replacing the Floor in my Boat
    « Reply #3 on: Fri 26 Jul 17:49 2019 »
    It looks brilliant!  Well done!


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    Re: Replacing the Floor in my Boat
    « Reply #4 on: Fri 26 Jul 22:26 2019 »
    Looks great... whatís the cost of doing a job like that if you donít mind me asking?

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    Re: Replacing the Floor in my Boat
    « Reply #5 on: Sat 27 Jul 06:00 2019 »
    Looks great... whatís the cost of doing a job like that if you donít mind me asking?

    I would say a rough guide would be $500-$600. Bear in mind that was for the wood, paint, waterproofing, EVA foam, new fuel line, screws etc and the floatation ($150.00 alone).

    You could do it cheaper but I thought once I had the floor up I would get it all done properly.
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    Offline beach bum

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    Re: Replacing the Floor in my Boat
    « Reply #6 on: Sun 28 Jul 16:00 2019 »
    That looks awesome what are the sheet sizes
    Looking forward to the next trip

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    Re: Replacing the Floor in my Boat
    « Reply #7 on: Mon 29 Jul 18:17 2019 »
    Looks very nice well done

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