Making Our Floor Walkable Again
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We cut the plywood out of this 2004 Bayliner Bowrider 175 and went back with the same 1/4 inch wood that was there. We had a few people say we should have gone thicker, but thicker is not better. The floor has plenty of stringer under it to add the necessary strength without adding more weight to the boat and cost to the project.
The hardest part of this floor project was making the floor fit to the rotten sections that were cut out. We know our cuts weren’t exact, but with wood lips, we used to marry the old boat floor to the new, it would allow us to use filler. We painted resin on the wooden lips to act as a glue used in conjunction with stainless screws, the connection was plenty strong to hold my weight of 230 LB.
We installed the boat floor in two pieces, this allowed us to cut out the center, allowing storage in the center of the boat bilge. This would also help water to drain to the bilge since water would be able to flow down from the ski locker.
We didn’t resin the underside of the marine plywood used to replace this Bayliner floor. Since the wood will not be in constant contact with water, it seemed like an added expense for little gain. The floor was already going to be filled with flotation foam which would keep water moister from forming cause it filled the flotation pockets.
Why Not Fiberglass The Floor
We opted not to go with fiberglass unless we were going to completely separate the top from the bottom of the boat. We are using marine plywood and since this Bayliner Bowrider 175 will now fit in our garage, we think the floor should last for a long time.
To do a popper glassing of this floor we would have to rip all the wood out down to the bilge. The time and cost for this would have exceeded what we wanted to spend on a boat we only plan to use for a few years.
Tools & Supplies Used:
- Milwaukee drill: https://amzn.to/2yyMlbo
- Ryobi Jig Saw: https://amzn.to/2D65SDU
- DEWALT Orbit Sander: https://amzn.to/2PT5LOE
- TotalBoat 5:1 Epoxy Resin Kits: https://amzn.to/2Sf5dnZ
What’s Left From this Entry
- Boat Bumper Trim
- Ski Locker Hardware
- Start Engine
- Rear Speakers
- Things I forgot
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