Help with rotted floor section
+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 10 of 10

Thread:
Help with rotted floor section

  1. #1
    Member rick1964's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Location
    San Diego Ca
    Posts
    95

    Default Help with rotted floor section

    Ok so Im almost afraid to ask, but I figure I better. I have this section of rotted floor under the front passenger seats of my 1970 19 foot Schuster jet boat. I've cut out the bad section which is 20.5 x 41.5 inches, with a couple inches left that I didtnt get, and my problem is, should I just cut across to just the next stringer or should I pull it from hull wall to hull wall and replace that whole section. What Im getting at is would I be better off leaving it alone and put the 20.5x41.5 inch piece of plywood in and glass over it, thereby covering up that little bit of rot that I didn't get just on the other side of the center stinger, which is still just under the seat frame, and would leaving the original floor in one piece under the driver seat front to rear alone, which would be better for strength? Im afraid to separate the plywood completely from front to rear for fear of introducing more twist in the hull. I was thinking that if I just fill the hole with 3/4 inch plywood and leave the rest alone that it would be better. Not too sure which way to go. This is the first time and Im determined to do everything myself. I figure I'll be back in it in 10 or 15 years to replace the whole floor anyway, and I'd like to see if I can get away with just patching it for now, because Im just not prepared to replace the whole floor. The rest seems in decent condition, no rot. I'll lightly glue the carpet in for now.

    Thanks
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSC05452.jpg 
Views:	73 
Size:	24.2 KB 
ID:	502505   Click image for larger version. 

Name:	DSC05451.jpg 
Views:	60 
Size:	27.2 KB 
ID:	502513  
    Last edited by rick1964; 03-24-2014 at 07:18 PM.

  2. Remove Advertisements
    PerformanceBoats.com
    Advertisements
     

  3. #2
    Senior Member wolfie's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2007
    Location
    In the garage working on the boat in Utah, United States
    Posts
    7,810

    Default

    If it were me, I'd replace the entire floor. A lot easier to do now since you've already started it. JMHO.

  4. #3
    Senior Member 74Bonneville's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2013
    Location
    Magic Mountain CA
    Posts
    542

    Default

    Based on what you wrote replacing the section would be fine and a lot easier. I don't believe the floor has much to do with the strength of the hull when I look at your picture.

    Now that I've said that here's my experience with a floor with a section that was rotting. I thought the rest was fine because it felt solid when in fact there was wet rotting wood in places I didn't expect to find it. I found it because I decided to replace the entire floor.

    If it's original it's 44 years old


  5. Remove Advertisements
    PerformanceBoats.com
    Advertisements
     

  6. #4
    tintingsandiego krusn56's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    San Diego
    Posts
    1,063

    Default

    I redid my floor last year and gel coated it as well...opened up a ski locker and under seat storage.
    New floor install
    Made In The Shade

    Custom Window Tinting

  7. #5
    Member rick1964's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Location
    San Diego Ca
    Posts
    95

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by krusn56 View Post
    I redid my floor last year and gel coated it as well...opened up a ski locker and under seat storage.
    New floor install
    Thanks for the info. I checked out your link to your floor rework, nice. Im a newb and summer is coming up so I think I'll patch it for this year. Maybe I'll start that kind of project next year. Its so easy to get everything out of the hull to get to the floor, so I think I'll patch the floor and lightly glue the carpet in for now. This looks like something I'll tackle next year. I only take the it out 5 or 6 times a year, expensive to run (gas).

  8. #6
    Member rick1964's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Location
    San Diego Ca
    Posts
    95

    Default

    Where do you get your glassing supplies, any auto store?
    Thanks.

  9. #7
    tintingsandiego krusn56's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    San Diego
    Posts
    1,063

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by rick1964 View Post
    Where do you get your glassing supplies, any auto store?
    Thanks.
    I used fiberlay in San Diego... The cheapo home-d stuff is not recommended. Check your local fiberglass business. You need the real thick sewn together glass. They have a higher end resin as well.
    Made In The Shade

    Custom Window Tinting

  10. #8
    Member rick1964's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2013
    Location
    San Diego Ca
    Posts
    95

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by krusn56 View Post
    I used fiberlay in San Diego... The cheapo home-d stuff is not recommended. Check your local fiberglass business. You need the real thick sewn together glass. They have a higher end resin as well.
    Thanks I'll check them out. One other question, since it's my first time I have an idea how to start pulling the floor out. Im going to do it next winter. What Im not sure about is the correct method for separating the plywood from the hull bottom . Im guessing its just fiber glassed over on the edges where the plywood meets the hull. Do i score the edge or cut thru the plywood an inch or two in and then work it loose... just guessing... How should I separate them? Want to do it on my own and forethought would be handy


    thanks again
    Rick
    Last edited by rick1964; 03-25-2014 at 04:44 PM.

  11. #9
    tintingsandiego krusn56's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Location
    San Diego
    Posts
    1,063

    Default

    Sometimes you will run into a few screws into the stringers then glass over. Just look for that. You want to be careful on the areas glassed to hull. I would score those. If you have a hand buffer grinder, I would get some coarse pads for it to sand. You need a good mask for your lungs to...
    Made In The Shade

    Custom Window Tinting

  12. #10
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Posts
    267

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by rick1964 View Post
    Where do you get your glassing supplies, any auto store?
    Thanks.
    west systems

+ Reply to Thread

Quick Reply Quick Reply

Register Now

Please enter the name by which you would like to log-in and be known on this site.

Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Please select your insurance company (Optional)

Log-in


Tags for this Thread

Digg This Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may post new threads
  • You may post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
 

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45 46 47 48 49 50 51 52 53 54 55 56 57 58 59 60 61 62 63 64 65 66 67 68 69 70 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 84 85 86 87 88 89 90 91 92 93 94 95