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Old 03-25-2019, 12:40 PM   #21
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Just redid my 2004 Mainship 400 from carpet to the thinner vinyl flooring available at lowes or homedepot. Thinner material is easy to work with. Lots of choices. Most the newer boats don't seem to have teak and holly anymore either. So we went with more a solid floor look.
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Old 03-25-2019, 01:18 PM   #22
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Lots of good suggestions for what to use, based on your experiences. Anyone use anything they DON'T like, and DON'T recommend? Or know of a friend with a "DON'T like" experience?
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I just purchased my boat this past september and replacing the flooring was a big part of my to do list. We also had carpeting. When considering the options, I can't think of anything less waterproof and stainproof than carpeting. the boat is a 2013 with light use. The only thing that showed any degree of wear was the carpeting. I also like the classic look of Holly and teak so started off that way. In the end, however, for a variety of reasons, we went with Vinyl plank. I have to say the realism of the grain, non skid aspects, expected durability and relatively maintainance free aspects were a big part of our decision. We looked at several products, but in the end, selected one called C-Flor. It is individual planks so can be staggered for realism. The thick and thin strips are butt jointed and glued down. Several wood types available though we selected Holly and Teak. All of the trim and stair details were done in mahogany stained to match. Couldn't be happier with the final result. See attached photos. Unfortunately, I only have a few photos that I could find, but will post more this week as I am headed down to the boat on Tuesday. My apologies on the second photo, could not figure out how to rotate it on the site.
Looks great. Do you have contact or web site for C Flor? Google shows nothing.
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Looks great. Do you have contact or web site for C Flor? Google shows nothing.
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Looks like it is part of Nuteak, here is a link.
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Thanks. so the choices so far are a woven vinyl carpet, engineered wood, and cork. Was the cork installed as a sheet, tile or strips? How thick? and how is it holding up?.. Has anyone done vinyl plank, I was told OA uses it, and Slow Boat has a few pictures New Airship | Before and After Slowboat
Was looking into this for my boat. There are now several versions of vinyl flooring that really looks alot like wood, but is totally waterproof! There are other versions of waterproof wood engineered floors available. Check Floor and Decor website or Home Depot.
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Old 03-25-2019, 10:14 PM   #27
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When we were cruising we put sound down 1/4" foam and 1#per sq ft vinyl under our carpet. Make a paper pattern for the carpet and have a carpet shop bind a rug for you. if you have hatches mark the pattern. The quite cruising is nice.
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What type of adhesive do you recommend for flying down flooring?
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[QUOTE=Ka_sea_ta;750212]Thanks. so the choices so far are a woven vinyl carpet, engineered wood, and cork. Was the cork installed as a sheet, tile or strips? How thick? and how is it holding up?.. Has anyone done vinyl plank, I was told OA uses it, and Slow Boat has a few pictures New Airship | Before and After Slowboat[/QUOwar

I did a salon on a 42'r that came out extremely nice. I used a Shaw floating commercial vinyl plank that was about $6 sq ft on closeout, it was hard to tell from real wood, had a 20yr wear layer warranty, wore like iron, felt good on the feet and had good sound deadening qualities. I would use it again and while that vessel has moved on I am confident that after 10 years it still looks great. YMMV
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... for flying down flooring?
"gluing down flooring?" I hate autocorrect.
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"gluing down flooring?" I hate autocorrect.
I did a floating floor and quarter round trim to cover the expansion gap, worked like a champ.
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What type of adhesive do you recommend for flying down flooring?
What I found out regarding the fly - sorry, glue - is based on the flooring you choose. For some of the COTS home flooring that was stable from 0* to 140*, they required their proprietary glue. That included Shaw and Armstrong commercial products (plus a handful of other products that are not available unless you are using a commercial flooring supplier).

For some of the vinyls (including the Bolon I went with) they had a proprietary product or specified you could use any appropriate commercial glue. That includes Roberts brand glue (either 2310 or 2057). Those are available over the internet or big box stores and that's what I'm planning on using.

Short answer, pick your floor and see what the manufacturer specifies. Don't deviate unless you check with a flooring expert first because there seems to be a fair amount of technical background work in flooring.

When I started my search I assumed warranty would not cover use in boats. As I talked to flooring suppliers, several of them said the warranty would be in effect if I followed installation procedures - even though the product was never designed for marine use.
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Thanks for all the replies, It seems vinyl plank is a viable flooring choice. Next question It seems that there are a couple types; lock or snap together or butt together. The latter can be glued or floating, the former must be glued. installation method? Is there a preferred installation method?Thanks
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13" square cork tiles glued in place with contact cement. 3 yrs on this boat as full time liveaboards. Also did it on our last boat (6yrs abuse with a dog). Still look like new.
What is the border that you used around the hatches?
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I just purchased my boat this past september and replacing the flooring was a big part of my to do list. We also had carpeting. When considering the options, I can't think of anything less waterproof and stainproof than carpeting. the boat is a 2013 with light use. The only thing that showed any degree of wear was the carpeting. I also like the classic look of Holly and teak so started off that way. In the end, however, for a variety of reasons, we went with Vinyl plank. I have to say the realism of the grain, non skid aspects, expected durability and relatively maintainance free aspects were a big part of our decision. We looked at several products, but in the end, selected one called C-Flor. It is individual planks so can be staggered for realism. The thick and thin strips are butt jointed and glued down. Several wood types available though we selected Holly and Teak. All of the trim and stair details were done in mahogany stained to match. Couldn't be happier with the final result. See attached photos. Unfortunately, I only have a few photos that I could find, but will post more this week as I am headed down to the boat on Tuesday. My apologies on the second photo, could not figure out how to rotate it on the site.
Looks Awesome! Did you DIY or have it done? If you don't mind my asking, what was the cost?
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I considered DIY but ultimately hired a great firm out of Tampa. They worked within my schedule, were meticulous, prompt and very professional. Cost was 10K or so plus travel time as our boat was located 3 hours each way from their shop. This cost included demo, down to sub floor, installation of new flooring in the saloon, pilot house, galley, stairs up to pilot house plus the stairs down to staterooms and associated landings.It also included conversion of 2 pop out hatches to the engine room into articulated hatches with piano hinges. This necessitated 3 separate multi day overnight trips plus time back at their shop to manufacture the stair and trim details. In the end a small price to pay to eliminate stained carpeting and cheap laminate sheet coverings in favor of the cflor. Gratitude looks nearly new now.
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Stone flooring: since powerboats are subject to vibration, flexing, pounding in seas, etc., would it be better to lay down stone flooring with the traditional cementboard/flexibond mortar, or perhaps just use 3M 5200/4300 directly to the plywood sole?
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Has anyone used Lonseal, they make a product called Lonwood Marine that looks good.
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Has anyone used Lonseal, they make a product called Lonwood Marine that looks good.
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Yes - and very happy. A few Photos back in post #9
I have worked w/ PlasDeck for exterior - aft / side decks a few yrs ago and last yr did fwd cabin w/ PlasTeak flooring which is actually the same as the LonWood - I don't know the exact relationship but if you look at the PlasTeck / PlasDeck websites you will see essentially the same as Lonseal and some carry the Lonseal name others not - I got samples from Lonseal and Plasteak and they are the same.

My Bacchus site has more details on the PlasDeck material & application.
I haven't had time to write up the interior Fwd Cabin project but we absolutely love it and its a good match w/ the factory MS salon flooring we already had in place. I think its the same material and MS used the Loncoin flooring in my ER - guessing yours might be similar.

I worked through Bill (PlasDeck / PlasTeak Co Pres) and he and his staff were very helpful w/ advice & installation tips etc. I did both installations my self - aft/side deck w/ help from a couple boat buddies and it helped there. No room in fwd cabin for more than one person so I was it!
I wasn't sure about using the pad they had on their website but glad I did and would recommend it for any interior job using the sheet PlasTeak.

Happy to provide / discuss details if you decide to go that way.
I have his email & some phone #'s if you want.
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