How to Replace Wood Floor in Boat — Practical Everyday Tips

How to Replace Wood Floor in Boat - Practical Everyday Tips

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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

How to Replace Wood Floor in Boat

Do you own a beautiful vintage boat with really charming wooden flooring? Then you must know how to care for it and replace the flooring when rotten or damaged surfaces are found. By not knowing floor replacement you may end up spending huge amounts in hiring professionals to do the same. Flooring replacement, although it might sound intricate, is not a complex task if you plan well and equip yourself with essential tools and spot an assistant with basic know-how.

You can segregate your boat’s wooden flooring replacement operation in three phases as it will make the task much organized and the following piece of information will surely come in handy.

Preparation Tips

Plan much ahead of time for a flooring replacement as and when you find any cracks, roll outs, broken flooring or rotten wood in your boat.

  • Prepare a checklist of the important things you will need that includes sketching materials, tools, driller, flooring materials, nails, screws, bolts, flooring sealers like epoxy, varnish, sandpaper, brushes and wood cutter.
  • Purchase all the essentials and stock your boat with the essentials of flooring replacement.
  • Measure the flooring area and note down the places that are in good condition or require minimal repair. This reduces your work to a greater extent.
  • Mark the area that needs to be replaced and remove the old flooring in the areas that need to be repaired.
  • If there are any seating fixtures or wiring that can act as a hurdle, make alternative arrangements by either removing the seats or covering the wiring.

DIY — Wood Flooring Replacement in Boats

On the day of flooring replacement make sure you clean the surface and eliminate any obstacles standing your way while laying the new floor and now follow the below suggested steps:

  • Step 1. Cut the wood material to appropriate sizes and start positioning them. Make sure the surface is flat and does not pave way for any tripping.
  • Step 2. Fasten the wood by fixing the screws. The screws should at least reach 1/2 inch below the wood level to make the flooring firmer.
  • Step 3. Cover the screw areas with resin or any other sealer to prevent corrosion and rusting caused due to saline water
  • Step 4. Check for imperfections and cover edges, uneven areas, narrow slide walks and decks with properly cut wooden materials and repeat step 2 and 3.
  • Step 5. Caulk the flooring surfaces wherever required
  • Step 6. Use sandpaper to rub away excessive caulking and remove sanding debris.

Post-Replacement Tips

After replacing the flooring make sure you polish the surface with either epoxy or varnish. However, epoxy flooring on a boat is not really good as it may become slippery when the floor is wet and does not have a carpet so coat using varnish. You can either brush or spray a gel coat to extend the longevity of wooden flooring.

Wooden flooring normally tend to rot rapidly and it is subjected to high level of abrasion and corrosion but a firm replacement of the flooring with ample protection can extend its life for about 15- 20 years also! Dont forget to also pick up a hardwood vacuum and keep it handy. You never know when you might need it.


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