I laid an Iroko and Koto sole whilst cruising on the boat and wrote a how to page on our website
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It really wasn't that hard.
If you want a white or light coloured sole I would recommend just using a light 1/4" hard wood timber like ash or koto. Most lumber
yards will have a good selection and should be able to supply ready to lay in 1/4" x 2" boards. You don't have to go to the same detail as I did with margins and highlight accents, however once you get started it really goes down quickly.
I investigated a lot of other alternatives like composite and vinyls tiles that have become popular in light weight catamarans. To me the problem was they looked exactly like "vinyl". They cheapen the look of the interior
and would not be 1/4" thick. On a modern cat interior
it sort of works, however I saw it on a Irwin
54 with vinyl strip timber look tiles and it just looked cheap
There are a lot of miss conception about soles. You do not need to use teak. Any durable hardwood is acceptable. The sole doesn't need the water
resistance of an outside deck
as you will put some kind of finish on it. Also gloss finish opposed to non skid is debatable. I have had the high gloss finish now for over 5 years. Sailed thousands of miles and never once slipped on it. In fact I think the higher the gloss the more grip it gives a bare foot. I also think it looks far superior to a non skid finish.
Boats have a certain look about them, have done for years, if you try to reinvent the wheel
you almost always get it wrong.
Have a look at the Hoek Yacht website for inspiration like I did. Apart from some amazing boat porn there are some beautiful interior photos of light timber soles.
Good luck with your project