How to make flat floor or deck for my 15ft skiff??

Discussion in 'Boat Yard Basics' started by fourby4chevy@yahoo, Feb 28, 2010.

  1. fourby4chevy@yahoo

    fourby4chevy@yahoo Well-Known Member

    Does anybody have  any suggestions on how to make a flat floor or deck in my new skiff.  Redoin the whole boat just want some suggestions on how I should or need to do it.  Here's a pic of the boat.  I want a deck or flat floor on the bottom of the inside of the boat. I have some thoughts just want some more ideas.  Thanks


  2. DuckNut

    DuckNut Brandon, FL

    The first thing is to grind the remaining glass from the seats. Then cut plywood to fit. Do not use anything lesser than marine grade wood. Build stringers to support the floor. Assemble.

    Need to determine if you want a cavity under floor to wash debris from underneath, design for a sump area, if you are going to put on platforms, etc...

    Take a look at some of the other builds and you will figure it out.

  3. fourby4chevy@yahoo

    fourby4chevy@yahoo Well-Known Member

    Ok the floor im thinking its not going to go all the way to the back because im going to put a rear deck on the boat would that be ok... and cut a area out of the rear deck for the motor and other things I need to put in there. And everything is cut out of the boat so just to put that out there.
  4. beyondhelp

    beyondhelp Well-Known Member

    On mine, I built a stringer system out of 1x4 and 1x2 filled the open areas with some styrafoam and put plywood on top of that.

    Now that I have a few layers of glass and resin on top of it it's nice and sturdy but not too heavy. Pix in my thread...
  5. paint it black

    paint it black Paddling away...

    two stringers and a few bulkheads and then run the chase tubes, and then foam it all in.
    Then lay on the top wood encapsulated in glass. then glass in the borders with biaxial tape.
    Should be solid.
    You should be fine if you raise it up to the height of the little front deck it has there where the seat used to be.
    At least that's how I was going to do it before I decided to go new.

    Also, the styrofoam they have glassed in on the sides I was going to remove those too.
  6. fourby4chevy@yahoo

    fourby4chevy@yahoo Well-Known Member

    That thread gave me alot of ideas...thanks and Eric i might actually take those out give me a little wider inside the boat.
  7. sjd0004

    sjd0004 I Love!

    If you are talking about building a rear deck then you will need to incorporate some sort of drainage system or put small scuppers in the aft cockpit. On my godevil boat the water that is collected in the front of the boat is tunneled under the floor to the bildge area, this is a good design but needs to be cleaned periodically because debris can accumulate.
  8. mark_gardner

    mark_gardner I Love!

    best to make your stringers out of marine plywood strips tipped on end as opposed to solid strips of pine 1x2's or 1x4's imho :)