Learning how to install a floor in the bottom of a V-Hull boat can seem like a daunting task due to the shape of the hull. With a little patience and hard work, you can be successful in your task of installing a new floor in the bottom of your boat. All you need is the right set of tools and you’ll quickly be on your way to enjoying a new floor in your boat. If you’re ready to take on this task, then take a look at this set of tools you’ll need to complete your project.
To install a floor in the bottom of a V-Hull boat, you’ll need the following:
- Electric drill
- Tape measure
- Metal plates
- Screws & washers
- Water-proof lumber
- Marine carpet & glue
- Remove your previous floor. Begin by using a knife to remove the old marine carpet. Next, use your electric drill to remove the old screws that have kept your old floor in place. Now remove the old flooring and any old wooden supports that were built to hold your floor in place. If your supports are in good condition, you can choose to keep these in place to use for your new floor.
- Installing support beams. If you need new support beams, you’ll need to use water-proof lumber and cut it to the lengths you desire. Make sure to measure twice and cut once! You will also need metal plates that can be screwed into the bottom of your hull, which can be custom-made by a welder. Make sure to use some washers while installing your screws so they stay in place. To complete this step, attach your cut lumber to your metal plates with screws and washers.
- Place your deck onto your support beams. Before attaching the floor to your wooden support beams, check to make sure your supports are level. If they aren’t, use a sander on them until they’re perfectly level. Place your floor onto your support beams and drill through the floor to reach your support beams. Use screws to attach your floor to the support beams. Glue marine carpet to your floor to protect it from damage and give the glue ample time to dry.
If you would like to further customize your boat and its new floor, you may also want to consider installing a new storage unit in the floor. If you choose to do this, make sure that use your scrap lumber to house a unit that will remain water-proof. Some boats have a tendency to leak through the hull, so please use this option with caution. During the installation process of a new floor, this is a great time to also consider where you would like to install your new boat seats upon completion of your floor. After you’re done with all your hard work, get out on the water and enjoy your new fixed up boat!