I know what you’re probably thinking…
“Good Lord! Another floor post? Isn’t this project D.O.N.E. already?”
Alas it’s not. However, we are definitely on the home stretch now. As in, we finally have a level, solid floor for the first time in months. Wait… I take that back. We finally have a level, solid floor for the first time EVER since we’ve bought the boat. Perhaps the previous owners preferred the moon bounce feeling, but we do not. Let me tell you, it feels great to be standing on solid ground – err floor – again!
Let’s pick up where we left off, shall we? After my vigorous scrub of the floor, a damp spot revealed itself (not induced by my wash, mind you!). Matt began to cut out the rotten section of balsa, expanding from a 6″ x 8″ section to a 12″ x 12″ section. Sort of like marine gangrene. He dried it with acetone and filled the hole with balsa blocks, sealing it off with a fresh layer of fiberglass.
Once that was fully cured, we began to prep the sub floor for the new marine ply. We used the same process we did to adhere the existing boards to the sub floor – drill, epoxy, repeat. Over and over again. Only this time we had the added step of scoring the fiberglass on the subfloor so the epoxy would stick even better. Can I just say that a Dremmel is our new favorite tool, ever? That little guy can do everything.
Matt came up with an ingenious way to level the marine ply with a simple screw and bolt system. Something about pushing the boards up and pressing down at the same time. I’m not exactly sure what these markings represent, but he was able to get the floor almost completely level with a few twists of a screwdriver. Brilliant.