Take a look around your home. Much of the “quality” of that
home depends on the flooring—the woodwork, the carpeting, the tiling. Is it any
different with boats? If you want your boat to look its best, it’s vital to
make sure that your fiberglass flooring is in top quality shape. That’s why
we’ve put together this brief guide on how to fiberglass a boat floor. We hope
Getting Rid Of Old
The first step to fiberglassing a boat floor is to remove any
damaged flooring from the area. First, you’ll want to get rid of anything loose
in your boat, just as you’d clear out the furniture in your living room to
clean the floors. Next, you’ll clear out debris and even remove anything that’s
old and damaged like plywood underneath the carpeting.
We recommend getting the center console and any cables out
of the way at this point as well. This isn’t going to be a project you can
finish in a half-hour. Note: you’ll want to write down everything you’ve
disconnected so you know where everything goes when you’ve finished!
Replacing The Boat
We’ve written previously on boat stringer
repair. If you’re unfamiliar with them, take the time to revisit that
article and get a sense of what’s involved. It’s possible you can use this time
to also replace your stringers, which will add time overall to the project.
However, because you’re already working with the flooring in the first place,
there may be no better time to address any faulty boat stringers.
Installing The New
After removing the old, damaged flooring, make extensive
measurements—following the idiom “measure twice, cut once”—to get a sense of
everything that will be involved with putting in the new flooring. Measure the
size of your deck to get a sense of how much flooring you’ll need, and don’t be
afraid to cut these into individual supported segments if necessary.
Installing deck sheets also requires you to be wary of any
cables or connections that need to move once you’ve finished the flooring, which
is why it’s so important to keep close tabs on these connections and write them
down throughout the process.
Once the deck sheets are in place, you can secure them
together with screws before applying the fiberglass matting. Take care to
ensure that this matting is properly sealed. That’s where our sealants
at BoatLIFE come in. You’ll be putting the finishing touches on the
boat floor shortly, which is why it’s so vital that you get a water-tight seal
that you can rely on for years to come.
Reattach the seats and center console with all the proper
connections and clean out the area. You should start the engine in a secure
location to make sure that these connections work just as they did prior to
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