What floor and Glue or Nails

Discussion in 'Boatbuilding' started by Fishy, Dec 29, 2014.

  1. Fishy
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    Fishy Noob

    I'm just about to buy a new inflatable boat. Im thinking about getting a fibreglass floor but i'm still not sure what floor i should buy for the boat. I'm going to connect a center console and a throttle but I'm not quite sure what I should use to attach it. I want to be able to remove it as well.

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    Thanks, Fishy
     
  2. Fishy
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    Notice!

    I have read another post about what to use but i'm pretty sure its different for inflatable boats
     
  3. Grey Ghost
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    What make and what size is your inflatable?

    Nails are out :)
     
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  4. Fishy
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    I'm thinking of a mercury heavy duty. As for nails what if I get a different floor?
     
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    So if you don't already own the inflatable, why do you want to build/buy your own floor separately instead of buying an inflatable that has the floor and console you want together?
     
  7. Fishy
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    How would I build it? How much would it cost?
     
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    If I did, what floor would you recommend?
     
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    Im really confused on how I would make an inflatable boat
     
  10. Grey Ghost
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    The tubular console you chose probably mounts with 4 short screws into the fiberglass floor panel. Blind nuts on the underside of the floor epoxied on so they never drop out could receive bolts for frequent removal and reattachment without turning the screw holes to chips.
     
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    Ok I'll probably buy the saturn boat
     
  12. Fishy
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    I'm probably going with a 12' SD365 Saturn Inflatable Boat with aluminium flooring
     

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    Blind nuts are a reasonable solution, though clamps could be arranged as well. Without a pretty good idea of what you have to work with, a moot point though. A common type of sole (what you're calling a floor) would be cedar slats or maybe a hunk of plywood, both would take blind nuts. You could also use a "nutsert" which is a blind rivet, that has threads inside to accept bolts or machine screws.
     
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