Rebuilding the Cabin Floor – Part 1

Yesterday I started removing the old cabin floor which started to disintegrate. I could not find any prominent rot so I concluded that the plywood simply could not survive the strain of constant wear and tear. This is because the underlying structure did not adequately support the cabin floor.

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Above: The old cabin floor, looking into the bilge.

Below: The bilge after the cabin floor was removed. Note all the dust and gunk that accumulated below the floor.

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Below: Some plywood that was removed. The large piece is from the starboard bunk and is still in good condition.

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Below: The old engine bay, with the position of the old engine mountings still visible.

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I hope to sand the bilge and floor this week after which I will give it 2 to 3 coats of hard-wearing enamel paint. Additionally I plan to build up the supporting structure with plywood and epoxy after which I will install 18mm marine ply for the new cabin floor.

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5 thoughts on “Rebuilding the Cabin Floor – Part 1

    1. Hi Paul,

      Currently I am not planing on replacing the manual or automatic bilge pumps as they are still in good working order. I would like to replace the manual bilge pump with one of those gigantic whale pumps (117lts per minute), but unfortunately that is still outside my budget.

      Gerrit

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      1. Thanks for the reply, Gerrit !
        Can I ask – with the electrics, are the wires easy enough to get to, and are there many, looking at pictures there only seem to be 8 fuses ?
        Paul

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      2. Paul,

        The electrics is a mess! I have not yet investigated the electrics since I’ve bought the boat earlier this year. Some fuses are being used and some not. At the moments I have only got the bare essentials working, i.e: automatic bilge pump, tri-colour and VHF.

        I hope you find this informative.

        Gerrit

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