Has anyone replaced a dinghy
air floor with a plywood
I've only ever had plywood
floor dinghies. When our 2 year old Achilles was stolen this last November I bought an older Achilles 104 with an air floor that is in pretty bad shape. I've been having trouble getting it to stop leaking. I finally found that patches using gorilla glue would hold back the high pressure in the floor, for a while anyway, but I'm still not happy with how flexible the air floor is. I only have a 3 hp motor
on it now and want to move to a 8-15 hp motor
My feeling is that if I put a plywood floor in it it will be stiffer, and better support a higher power motor.
I want to build the floor in three pieces. The dinghy
tubes have two places where they rise up to the bow. The joints for the floors would be at these rises. The aft floor piece, which is normally three separate pieces in a production wood floor, would be one long piece of plywood. I would stiffen this long piece by fiber glassing some fore/aft stringers to the top of the plywood.
I know that the floor, if made in three pieces like this, will be nearly impossible to remove. I'm ok with that, this dinghy is really only supposed to get us through a year or two until we can afford a new one.
Has anyone built a replacement plywood floor for an air floor dinghy who can comment on how successful it was?