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Old 19-04-2016, 17:45   #1
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Cabin Sole Options

Hello to all CF members. This is my first post, and I hope it's not too elementary for your consideration.

I have a 1988 Catalina 30 Mk. II in fine shape. It has the original (bare) cabin sole with narrow teak cover boards for the bilge and shaft. I've been using rugs for comfort. But I like the look of a real wood cabin sole.

I'd like to install something that has the appearance of teak-and-holly panels. I want something that looks like the real thing but is durable and maintenance free. Really don't want to drill holes in the sole if I don't have to. I'm fairly handy with tools and have a well-stocked workshop.

My research seems to point to the synthetic vinyl products that glue down. Are there other alternatives? Without spending a fortune (more than a $kilobuck) what are my options? Specific recommendations with photos and links to sources would be especially appreciated.

Thank you. CTexJim

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Old 19-04-2016, 17:53   #2
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Re: Cabin Sole Options

We have a Catalina 42 and we need to replace a few floorboards which has now become replacing them all. We have fiberglass pans that the panels fit into and my husband (who's doing the work) got thin marine plywood and a product called Lonseal. LONSEAL Flooring: LONWOOD MARINE - <b>Lonwood Marine</b> is Lonseal's high-performance, slip-resistant marine safety flooring in teak and holly. The style comes in both a glossy surface option or with Lonseal's factory-applied urethane finish, Topsea We'll see how well it works!! He was working on putting in a new head and a new radio with a handset at the helm and he just finished that so it's on to the floor now!

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Old 19-04-2016, 17:56   #3
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Re: Cabin Sole Options

The real thing is durable and maintenance free. Mine is 37 years old and still looks good. It's had shoes worn on it, puke on it, oil, alcohol, coolant and diesel spilled on it, batteries dragged on it, dog claws on it. If you have the bucks, get the real thing.

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Old 19-04-2016, 18:39   #4
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Re: Cabin Sole Options

While waiting for a $300 sheet of teak and holly veneer plywood to arrive ( the original material used by Catalina) I made some "temporary" floorboards up out of pre-finished engineered oak flooring I had on hand. Glued them up with waterproof glue and sealed with a couple coats of varnish. Used the old pieces as patterns, belt sander very useful for getting the curves. Tough as nails and probably $25 worth of materials.
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Old 19-04-2016, 18:48   #5
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Re: Cabin Sole Options

The problem with the real thing is that the floor of a C-30 is pretty curved. So a vinyl product would be a good fit, or thin veneer. It's curved enough that I warn guests about the area right in front of the head/v-berth - if you're in slippery footwear you'll fall there.

I had interior boat flooring | PVC marine waterproof boat floor | NautikFlor in my history. No prices on the webpage so I assume it'll be expensive. Shouldn't be because I assume it's just standard allure type of stuff printed teak/holly. But it's for a boat...

So I've been thinking about buying some stick-down allure (HD sells it). Get some teak or teakish color, and some maple or hollyiish color. Zing a bunch through the tablesaw and go glue it down. May be an insane idea. OR, get the thicker allure type of vinyl product, and inset 'holly' strips with a router (and glue).
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Old 19-04-2016, 19:04   #6
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Cabin Sole Options

I second the Lonseal. It is installed in new Catalinas. Dropped a big wrench on mine once and nary a scratch. I love it.

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Old 28-04-2016, 18:21   #7
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Thanks to everyone for taking the time to respond to my question.

And thanks for the great photos. They make my mouth water.

Unfortunately I don't like any of the available options. Until I can upgrade to a newer, bigger boat with a factory teak floor, I'm thinking a couple of nice fitted rugs with a nautical theme is the best choice.

I found a 4' diameter circular rug that fits the saloon floor perfectly.

Remember, keep the rig up and the water out - the rest is just inconvenience.

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