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Old 04-07-2019, 11:16   #31
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Re: cabin Flooring / sole whats the best surface? Opinions please.

Our galley and head floors are Amtico synthetic "oak". Seem to work, not particularly slippery, easy to care for.

That said, we made templates and then cover those floors with Corinthian outdoor carpet, the one for boats they have with AquaLock backing and Sunbrella binding... same stuff we have in the cockpit and our our flying bridge. I needed the extra cushioning, and cleaning is by simply hosing it off with a power washer. That particular backing is important; our original OEM outdoor carpets were made with some kind of black rubber (?) backing, it peeled, and I've still got marks in the non-skid fiberglass from that... 10 years after replacing... whereas the AquaLock still looks like new after those 10 years.

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Old 05-07-2019, 07:17   #32
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Nothing more striking, than a teak and holly sole, and with a nice varnish job, you can definitely tell the difference between real and synthetic.

we would use vinegar and water to shammy the soles and it would leave the sole squeeky and gripping your topsiders.


But there is also nothing more ‘old boat’ than teak and holly. I’m not a huge fan but the alternatives are few and far between, or stupidly expensive.
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my bamboo floor is glued down, previous owner did or rather had it done; will make some pics when I next on my boat.
Bamboo flooring, installation exactly the same as timber, but the benefit is the light colour.
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We used a heavy diamond tread rubber floor roll mat in CIC on a USN war ship. It lasted for years in a 24 X 7 operating environment. 15 KV electrically insulated, very heavy, flack resistant, expensive, fire resistant, cleaned with Comet and a brush. City transit buses universally use a roll rubber mat in their bus floors. Generally it is glued down to treated marine plywood or a synthetic substrate. Industrial stuff more suited for a tug boat but it is available.
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Re: cabin Flooring / sole whats the best surface? Opinions please.

If you want carpeting, take a look at commercial trade-show carpet squares. 5/8" thick (1/2" rubber + 1/8" pile), sound absorbing, easy to cut to fit, no fraying, waterproof, if you spill something, just take up one square, wash with soap and water and put it back down. get them at https://www.greatmats.com/products/i...ing-carpet.php We have the dark gray - the interlocking is not noticeable.
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We used a heavy diamond tread rubber floor roll mat in CIC on a USN war ship. It lasted for years in a 24 X 7 operating environment. 15 KV electrically insulated, very heavy, flack resistant, expensive, fire resistant, cleaned with Comet and a brush. City transit buses universally use a roll rubber mat in their bus floors. Generally it is glued down to treated marine plywood or a synthetic substrate. Industrial stuff more suited for a tug boat but it is available.
Yes...Ive considered that... Lonseal make a product that you describe. I was thinking of the COIN version... quarter sized dots....

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Carpet with bound edges and snaps placed in strategic places to prevent movement. Easy to remove and take outside for cleaning.
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Carpet tiles. Easy to cut to size. Cheap enough to swap them out if they get too grubby or something nasty gets spilt on them. Alternatively you can just take them out to give them a good clean.
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Re: cabin Flooring / sole whats the best surface? Opinions please.

For those wanting to match teak with a 100% synthetic, this flooring is regularly on sale at Home Depot. The white lines are the tongue & groove on either side of the flooring plank for assembling. Also, this is a thicker panel which makes assembly easier. I use a little PVC cement to glue them together.

Against the bulkhead to show how close they match.


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Im not sure I would want that on a sailboat. I think I'd want something permanently fastened to the deck when the boat is heeled over beating to weather... But then again.... Gentlemen don't beat to weather or so they say!
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Re: cabin Flooring / sole whats the best surface? Opinions please.

practical sailor did a test on interior varnishes for soles, they tested for slipperiness and they liked Ultimate sole, which I used on my last boat, came out glossy and beautiful and not slippery at all wet or dry, loved it.
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Re: cabin Flooring / sole whats the best surface? Opinions please.

We made our cabin sole with 5/8” ply and 3/8” teak epoxy-glued on top
UNVARNISHED
It is a lot of work but results in a non skid surface which still looks good if dented by a heavy tool etc
As an aside, if making a new sole, make as near to 100% as possible in the form of hatches opening on hinges
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Carpet with bound edges and snaps placed in strategic places to prevent movement. Easy to remove and take outside for cleaning.

We didn't even bother with snaps; the carpet is captured on most sides, can't go anywhere.. the carpet is a bit heavy by itself... and the AquaLock backing doesn't slide around.

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Re: cabin Flooring / sole whats the best surface? Opinions please.

Very happy with my teak and holly Amtico flooring. It cost around $1,100 for the main cabin and stairs. I've had it down for several years and despite some heavy construction going on around it, it has never chipped, faded or scratched. Its super easy to install and requires no skill. If only my expensive outdoor stuff was as good.

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Re: cabin Flooring / sole whats the best surface? Opinions please.

I don't usually post but to many expensive and not very practical ideas. I purchased two boxes of 1/2 inch bamboo flooring at Lowes, it is tongue and groove and if fitted by someone like me (anal perfectionist) no need to glue down. Has been in place for 6 to 7 years and in some very nasty conditions, in fact the only thing that was not thrown about in a 5 day beating was the floor. no finishes added, clean with whatever mild product. The first picture is the bottom of a outside piece below the stove, dremel tool to make it fit to the curve of the floor. the sun is shining today, so it may or may not show the natural beauty of bamboo wood.
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