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What to use for boat floor besides plywood ??

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I'm putting a new floor in my boat. The marine plywood is rotten, soft, or spongy in several places.
I'd like to use something other than plywood to avoid this in the future. So would like a material that would hold up to frequent exposure to water !!

Of course the other important factors are weight and strength. I've considered hyfax or marlite. Any opinions on these two materials? or any other ideas on what to look at?

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Gem, if you let us know which boat, I do have some marine plywood decks already pre-cut here, I need somebody with "project" like yours to help me "get them out".

Mine are all Alumacraft boats front decks, some cut out parts for side and back.

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GEM EYE GUY
What kind of boat do you have & how old is it? If it isn't too old the floor has warranty? I found this out after I replaced the floor on my boat. frown.gifI would think that marine plywood would be the best thing to use.
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if you want to spend the bucks check with a welder that knows how to work with aluminum.we had a boat built for commercial purposes 25 yrs ago floor was still like new when we sold it.

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I have the same problem with my Lund. The whole floorboard is spongy and there is a big, battery shaped/sized hole in the back. Last year I cut a piece of marine grade plywood and covered it with marine carpeting and screwed it in over the hole as a makeshift patch. This year I'm gonna replace the whole thing as the rest of it did feel spongy, espically around the edges. This boat is 19 years old, just about the same age as me. I think what happened is the previous owner must have kept it outside without a cover. One year he must have kept a battery on it all winter, which must have made the hole. There are brackets for cover bars inside however; altough the rotted floor would indicate neglect. The rest of the boat was in good shape, there were no dents or extra welds in it, and the seats are perfectly intact. I had to replace the board in the front used for holding a battery last year, it was in the same condition as the hole in the floor board and crumpled when someone tried to use it as a foot rest. I think like someone said if it's kept inside or with a cover that floorboard shouldn't rot so quickly. It's a project for me and Grandpa next year atleast...

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after 19 years? Wow... then again it's one of their smaller boats-- a 14' S series... and I don't know the name of the orignial owner. I bought it off a little used boat dealer lot a guy runs from his home near Carver lake.

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