Originally Posted by skwanderer
I used indoor/outdoor short pile carpet squares from Lowes. Peel and stick, comes with rubber backing to help keep moisture from the substrate (and dampen engine
noise). As they are squares, I was able to cut the custom sizes easily to tailor to the floor irregularities, such as having a giant lid to the engine
compartment in the middle of the floor. I'm very pleased with the outcome.
DING, DING, DING! Thanks! Your idea prompted me to ask my son (he manages a flooring
store) and Iíll be getting the Shaw version of those plus glue for FREE. The ones I'm getting are 2í x 2í and commercial
grade and will be so much easier to deal with for transporting, cutting to size and installing than anything else. Apparently the stuff is really good as they install it in super high traffic areas in commercial
buildings and churches, etc.
Originally Posted by TrentePieds
Quick and easy AND low cost is the kind of laminate flooring used in shoreside houses. It can be laid on plywood deck
soles by just the same techniques you would use to lay it on plywood sub-floor in a shore side house.
It is used on kitchen and bathroom floors because it is impervious to water
, and cleans beautifully with a damp mop or rag.
Careful attention to layout and shaping of the individual tongue and groove boards is required. Layout is facilitated through thinking - which is cost-free - and shaping by means of a "contractor's saw" - cheap
to buy if you don't already have one. Skillsaws and jig saws do not provide sufficient accuracy for this job.
I installed laminate and hardwood flooring for years and I think laminate will be too heavy (itís a multihull) and a major hassle to cut to fit around the floorboards. Plus, Iím concerned that the edges of the laminate around the floorboards will inevitably chip. Thanks though.
Originally Posted by hamburking
I had a grey plywood floor on my Paceship 29. It was nasty. Was actually subfloor for carpeting.
I sanded, then painted with white deckpaint. Turned out great. Looked just like clean, white fiberglass
. Was an easy job and a huge success.
I considered painting as that would by far be the easiest, but my boat
is moored near the flight path of a major airport
which means the painted surfaces will probably quickly look crappy because of the soot Iíll be tracking
Originally Posted by George DuBose
Magentawave. No. Plates as in 4'x8'x3/8". Big sheets
of bamboo which is very hard and long wearing.
Ok, got it. I was in construction for decades and have never heard the term plates used to describe sheets of plywood.
Thank you very much EVERYONE for your ideas! I really really appreciate it. Again, I will be selling this boat so cost and ease of installation
was a major consideration. I will definitely consider your ideas for my future boat though. 😀