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Old 11-02-2013   #1
 
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Plywood Floor in 18' Raft

Bought a 4x8 sheet of marine plywood to use for decking, etc, but now thinking of just dropping the whole sheet in as one big floor. Besides weight does anyone know of any problems I might encounter on our upcoming 22-day trip?

Planning to cut 1" circles under every cross bar to hang with straps.

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router all edges and cuts
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not really a problem/ more of a suggestion.

fill any whole/gaps with 5 minute epoxy.
use oil base primer
use polyurethane porch paint
give it weeks to dry.

just the voice of experience. (which usually comes from bad judgement, in my case!)

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I started with a single piece floor in my of 15' self bailer. I later cut the floor into 2 sections for a number of reasons.

PRO
It was much easier to tranport the smaller sections, and I could thread the floor in thru the frame sections.

CON
As a one piece the floor had to go into the tubes before the frame.
More pieces = more exposed edges, more chances to soak up water
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Put a band of hardwood on edges of the plywood.
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Put a band of hardwood on edges of the plywood.
that's one way. (and a great one)

you could try the epoxy on the outside edges and the inside of 1" holes for your webbing supports, also.
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For what it's worth I used a 1 1/2" bit to make my holes. A cam buckle would fit through which was nice.
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Instead of primer and paint, try an exterior solid color stain (2 coats). Should last longer. And band the edges with old garden hose.
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Plywood floor edging

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Put a band of hardwood on edges of the plywood.
I laced foam pipe insulation along the edge of the floor so that it would not mess with the tubes.
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[QUOTE=formerflatlander;339418]Instead of primer and paint, try an exterior solid color stain (2 coats). Should last longer.

Should, but, respectfully, experience has taught me that the oil base primer/poly porch paint holds up much longer and better. being that it's wet and/or under water most of the time.
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