The boat floor is arguably the most important component of your boat. If it rots, it can spread to the rest of the boat and create issues, dangerous mess. There are ways that you can repair a rotting boat floor, but doing so may make the problem worse if you don’t know how. Paying someone to handle the repairs can cost you a lot of money you may not have, leaving the repair up to you once again. The following article will instruct you with some of the common mistakes made in boat floor repair and how you can avoid them.
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1. Not Cleaning First
If you notice a rotting boat floor, you need to take action by scrubbing it down. The likely cause of the rotting is mold from the dampness of the boat, so the mold must be cleaned as thoroughly as possible to keep it from spreading to healthy flooring.
2. Leaving Rot Behind
After you have cleaned the area, you will want to take out all of the damaged wood. This will be very easy to do because it will literally be crumbling. You cannot repair the boat floor while rotten wood remains as it will only continue to rot. Once you are sure that the rotten sections have been removed, you can start to repair the floor as required.
If you have the might and resources to remove a piece of the boat floor and change it then that is the best thing you can do for the boat. Changing a piece of rotting floor is the best course of action because there is no telling how bad the rotting is as it could have spread to other places not immediately visible; however, if you have no choice but to patch the rotten section, it is advisable to do so from under the floor (if possible). This creates a decent seal, but also prevents someone from tripping over the patch. If you cannot get under the floor to patch it, then after you clean the site, cover it with a material that is relatively thin.
3. Nailing the Boat Floor
This is a mistake that many people make without even realizing they are doing it. A boat floor is not meant to have nails in it and doing these weakens the structure. It also creates spaces where water can get deeper into the boat, the floor, and other areas. Even a gap as small as a nail head can wreak havoc on an otherwise healthy boat so when changing flooring, avoid nailing altogether. If you have no other recourse, use wood putty and epoxy over the nails. Doing this simple additional task will save you a lot of time and money down the line, since the putty or epoxy will effectively cover the hole made by the head of the nail.
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4. Using the Wrong Materials
The best thing you can do when fixing a boat floor is to make use of epoxy. You do need to make sure that you use an epoxy that is waterproof. Ones that come in two components are also stronger and preferred. Keep in mind that they do make marine grade epoxy, which should always be your first choice.