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Old 02-29-2012   #1
Golden, Colorado
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Getting and installing SB'ing floor

I'm sure this has been tossed around a bunch, but does anyone know where I can get a self-baling floor? I have a mid- 90's 16 foot Achilles bucket boat and the floor is pretty much done? I think I can install it myself by cutting out the middle of the floor, folding back and gluing the remainder of the floor onto itself and installing grommets that lined up with the SB'ing floor...which I somehow need to aquire.

Any thoughts?

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Old 02-29-2012   #2
montrose, Colorado
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Plan on spending about $100 per "raft foot" for a custom floor to be made from somebody like Sotar. That would put you around $1600.

I just saw a used floor for a 16 footer on Western Slope craigslist, but It didn't look like a great deal to me.

I did this to a fourteen footer a few years ago with a cheap baltik floor (same as Saturn and other Chinese glued pvc boats). I paid $300 for the floor, but then I had to spend $100 on grommet strips from Jacks Plastic Welding and I had to do a massive amount of glue work. It probably was not worth it but it is still holding up great.

When I got the Baltik floor Rocky Mountain Rafts was not aroung yet. They import welded pvc boats from China, and they have 16 footers with lace in floors. I would definately call them and see if they will sell you a floor.

I may be hard to find a perfect fit without going the custom route.

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Old 02-29-2012   #3
Salida, Colorado
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I had to replace the floor in my raft (17ft) recently and the guys at maravia hooked me up with a used floor they had laying around dont know if they would have anything that would fit your boat. They said they could make me a new floor for around $1100.
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Old 02-29-2012   #4
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I have ordered floors from achilles in the past. I havent dealt with them in the last couple years and am not sure if their production was affected by the tsumnami. If you would like, I can see what kind of floors they have in the US as of now, and what may be on the way in the coming months. Last floor I ordered from them was around $1200. Feel free to email me through the link below or give us a call. Hopefully I can help you out.
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