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Old 17-01-2014, 13:54   #1
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Are there any reasonable flooring alternatives?

I am in the final stages of a total refit on my 32' cruising sailboat. The funds are almost depleted. Now, one of the final steps is to pull the indoor/outdoor carpet and replace it with a non-carpet material. I have researched the imitation products such as Nuteak and also the laminated teak and holly plywoods that are out there. Way too expensive (unless I want to use cruising funds which isn't going to happen!) I've seen products at some of the home building stores that are waterproof that are fairly cheap. Does anyone have any experience with any alternative floorings?? I'm grateful for your opinions!!
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Re: Are there any reasonable flooring alternatives?

I used vinyl "planks". Quite cheap, look nice, and very VERY easy to work with.





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could you tell us the brand?
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Greetings and welcome aboard the CF, jsfels.
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Re: Are there any reasonable flooring alternatives?

I use Cork sheets as flooring, easy to source at most lumber yards, nice and non skid when wet, easy to put in and cheap to replace after a few years of use.
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Ohhh, I forgot to mention light weight.
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Re: Are there any reasonable flooring alternatives?

Cork tiles have stood up to five years of full time liveaboards with dog.... not a mark ! Not the cheap stuff from Home Depot but real cork tiles with a polyurethane coating.
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Re: Are there any reasonable flooring alternatives?

We used bamboo mat. Relatively light and covers a multitude of sins. You can get stuff that mimics teak and holly.

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Old 17-01-2014, 22:03   #9
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Same as 44c- Vinyl planks with black plastic grout strips
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Dama and 44'Cruisingcat,

Could you tell us the brand of vinyl planks, or where you purchased them , or both?

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Re: Are there any reasonable flooring alternatives?

Thanks to all for your input. I believe I'll try the vinyl mostly because of cheap price and ease of installation. I did some research and found dozens of possibilities under $2.00/ft. There is floating and non-floating planks. I'm going with the non-floating. I will update in a year or two and let the forum know how well it's holding up the the stresses of ocean life. Thanks again
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Re: Are there any reasonable flooring alternatives?

I used Amtico brand. Very durable, comes in many colors. You can mix and match to create a teak and holly look, although that requires a bit more labor.
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I use Cork sheets as flooring, easy to source at most lumber yards, nice and non skid when wet, easy to put in and cheap to replace after a few years of use.
What sort of cork sheets and is it glued down? Ive thought about using the cork sheets they sell for bulletin boards as its not too thick and then sealing it with cork sealer. I would love to use bamboo for the nice light color but all the flooring ive seen is too thick (read,heavy) but they do sell a bamboo pattern in vinyl. I think the vinyl flooring products look reat and would be very durable, looks great in 44c cat.


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Re: Are there any reasonable flooring alternatives?

The planks look good and wear good.... BUT are heavy.... Think 40 lb/box?
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Dama and 44'Cruisingcat,

Could you tell us the brand of vinyl planks, or where you purchased them , or both?

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Sorry, don't know the brand, it was a few years back now. We bought them at a flooring place. (I think it was Anderson's carpets) Got lucky, they were left overs from a bigger job they'd done, we got enough vinyl for the whole boat for $120. Add glue, and we did the whole boat for around $150.
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