hull flex?

Discussion in 'Boat Yard Basics' started by Paul_O, Mar 25, 2010.

  1. Paul_O

    Paul_O I Love microskiff.com!

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    My boat is a 1981 indian river skiff. The boat has no liner, so when running the floor has a good amount of flex. At what point would it be considered too much flex? I'm thinking of adding stringers and a floor to stiffen it up. I would like to leave the center open under the floor to the bildge. Would foam stringers and flooring be really expensive? I'm trying to keep the weight down. Thanks
     
  2. Brett

    Brett > PRO STAFF <

    When is it too much flex?
    When it starts to crack.
    No cracks yet? Then leave it alone.

    Unless you just like to work on boats... ;)
     

  3. firecat1981

    firecat1981 BBA Counselor

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    in certain boats its normal. My gheenoe had a ton of flex in it. It always bothered me which is why I got rid of it and built my own boat :)
     
  4. Paul_O

    Paul_O I Love microskiff.com!

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    No cracks. I would like a floor with drains just to keep everything dry, and not watch the flex while running. Any recommendations on foam for a floor and foam for stringers?
     
  5. firecat1981

    firecat1981 BBA Counselor

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    suggestions on foam, nope, I'd just use good plywood and epoxy resin, done right will last forever.
     
  6. topnative2

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