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Boat floor

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Does anyone know how to go about putting a floor in an aluminum boat that has seats?

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Heres a copy/paste from a similar question I answered a while back about my 14' Lund with benches... that is now a pretty slick deck boat with a front pedistal seat and lots of storage. Gas tank hidden below the deck. Oh.. and put the battery for the electric motor in your rear bench.. fits great! It's all lit up too now for night time.

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I used 3/4" treated wood and high quality outdoor carpet. I actually didn't even need to measure in the project much.. I just took a huge roll of paper and taped it together and cut to make a 4x8 sheet (just like the wood) and as the pix show.. simply taped and cut with a scissors until it matched. I didn't have to be that careful because I wanted 1/2" or so all around for ventilation. The rear bench I just bought some 5/8" shelving wood (pine) from Menards and got busy with a jigsaw. For keeping the 3 covers from falling through I used metal brackets with holes in them (not sure what they are called) and went over the corners so some showed through- very strong.. I can stand on them. (see pix- one shows it).

The deck carpet is glued with outdoor water resistant carpet glue and also stapled with a staple gun... especially on the edges (underneath) to keep it nice and tight.

I also carpeted the floor (outdoor carpet/water resistant carpet glue) where my feet will be (driver) to quiet the aluminum floor and not so slippery. I figure that carpet will be wet a lot and get really dirty.. but I can always power hose it clean and replace as needed. I had a friend do this and he says it actually worked well and the carpet wore out before it came off. I didn't do the transom well though.. since there's always an inch or two of water there figured that it's not worth it. Both seats on the deck are removable (fleet farm has cool seat hardware if you want cheap).. one is adjustable pedestal and one is just very low.. like 5" off the deck for a youngen.

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Where are the pictures? I'd like to see how it turned out.

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I'll post them here when I can. My host is down right now..

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I assume that [please read rules] post was your email address? Hmm. I don't understand why that isn't allowed. I'll post pics when I can.

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Let's see if this works...

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i am in the process of finishing mine now. I used 5/8 plywood. Paint with good latex exterior paint then carpet with outdoor carpet. 3/4 is a little heavy for what i want.

My floor is down lower than the seats, but i still carpeted my benches all the way around. I also am puting compartments along the sides for storage. These to are wraped in outdoor carpet. Can't wait to get done. Lots of work but looks real nice. I am making a compartment for my gas tank in the front to. Good luck and take your time to do it right.

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Too bad I took out the middle seat last spring. It is too damaged to put back in the boat. I will have to try another method without a middle seat. We used plywood and short sections of 4x4's but there is gap on each side where things can fall down to the floor.

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cool, nice lookin floor. If anyone else is doing the same thing post up the pics, I'd like to see how they turn out

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Be careful with treated wood. The 'new' ACQ treating destroys aluminum. The construction industry is having some 'issues'.

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heard the same thing about galvinized bolts...of course "after" i built my deck with the new stuff.

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I was told by a lumber yard to use MDO plywood. Thus I did - it turned out sweet. I should have pics but I don't. I can get them though, but she's dirty so I gotta clean her up for picture day - lol

1987 14' Lowe Big Jon

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