Sunday, April 22, 2012

Flooring - Part 2

The floors are complete, finally. I have about 3 weeks into this project, with a total time investment of about 60-80 hours. There are a total of 13 teak trim pieces, each custom fitted. Before they were installed, I leveled the floor with an epoxy compound. The cabin floors on boats are not usually very flat, since the factory installs a carpet when they are done, and that can hide a variety of ills. Fiberglass tabbing, variations in laminate thickness, and other factors all contribute to uneven flooring. Since grinding the high spots can potentially weaken the structure, I decided to fill the low spots instead. It's a painstaking process, but the results are worth it.

Once the deck is prepared for the new flooring, I used a low strength adhesive, and bonded down each piece. The flooring is custom fitted - one section at a time. There are no straight lines or 90 degree corners on a boat, so it makes for a slow fitment. The adhesive is flexible, and if I ever need to get the floor up, it will lift, with a bit of persuasion. Hopefully, that day will never come.

These pics were taken just after the flooring was complete, so the rest of the interior is a bit of a mess. I wish I had a better camera - the pictures don't do the floor justice at all.


  1. Stunning work! Love to see the teak trim. I have a 2003 340 and have added several of your projects to my perpetual to-do / wish list!

    What are your plans with the factory cherry veneer? Are you going to keep or end up replacing with something else?

    Keep up the good work.

  2. Sorry about adding to your list, Scott. It's not my fault!!!

    My cherry veneer is in great shape, so I didn't have any plans to change it, until you mentioned it.... Now you have me thinking.

    My next project is going to be the creation of a sliding blender mount and glass storage area where the factory installed the TV, since I installed a flat screen elsewhere. I'll post the new TV install soon, so everyone can see it...