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JimBuck

Early indications of a weak floor?

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I have an 87' Sylvan Backtroller.....I take great care of her and while she does so signs of use, she's in great shape. I noticed last Fall that there were a few creeking floorboards towards the back of my boat. I was wondering what kind of signs do you usually look for that indicate a floor needs to be replaced? I haven't noticed much for softness in any area of the floor of the boat, but the creeking sound in that one area. Any pointers would be appreciated. Cheers.

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Usually creaking is from loose boards, it is suprising how much a hull will flex in the waves, and on a trailer. A rotted floor makes no noise, nothing there for friction to cause the noise. Get out your screw gun and tighten up the loose screws. If you have the vinyl coated floors that are pop riveted in, drill out the rivets and install stainless screws.

I have a trophy 180 and have to tighten up loose screws every spring.

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Thanks for chiming in norma. From what I remember I don't think my screws are exposed as they have carpet over them. Does this mean I'd have to do some digging?

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You might be able to add a screw or two to firm things up a bite.

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One more thing where I keep by tackle box is where my floor got real soft so move things around a little if it gets wet.

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Unless it feels soft / squishy I wouldn't worry too much about it.

If anything, I'd try and tighten the screws if they're visible.

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Soft floors are usually caused by wet spots and water absorption. Usually battery holding areas, rear of floor (where the snow and rain might sit for a while instead of draining) , and any place where water sits for a long time are candidates for soft floors. Also sometimes condensation from underneath floor will cause it.

But.... a squeaky floor usually means dry wood or as they said loose wood. I wouldn't worry much, but if you are uncomfortable you can remove some carpet and inspect.

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