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    Wood Floors

    Thinking about putting wood floors in my 75' Fantasy. Has anyone done this? Wondering if it would be best to use laminate, or solid; float the floor, glue the floor, or nail. Thank you in advance!

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    we have put wood floors in 2 boats now with no problems. we nailed both down.my brother put it down in his and glued it but I like nailing in case I ever want to take it up.
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    marietta,ohio

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    I used engineered mahogany and floated it over a vapor proof barrier. Put quarter round all around the edges. This is the snap together. 3-4 years old now looks great!

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    I have seen it in several boats. Some look good, some don't. Hatches seem to be the difficult part. Also, you need to look closely at how you use your boat. If you have wet people coming in and out of it, it would be real careful of what type of flooring I put in it. Some of the thick vinyl plank product looks really close to real wood.

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    Wooden flooring looks good in boats . We have done wooden flooring in our house and boats from denver renovations . It has changed the look of boat and there is no problem in wooden flooring.

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    One thing to look for before you start, is the space between the floor and the bottom edge of the base trim. In a lot of houseboats you'll find the space 3/8" and the 3/8" engineered flooring fits nicely. If the flooring is thicker than the space between the flooring and base trim, you'll have lots of inside and outside corners to trim. I guess it depends on whoever the trim guy was at the time, in my previous boat I laid 3/8", in my current boat the space was 1/2". You'll find a good selection of 1/2" available, as I think the flooring companies are following the candy bar makers...giving you less for the same money. If you strictly glue the flooring you'll need to be careful walking (providing you are cutting out on the front or rear decks) as it can slide on you and cause gaps.

    The hardest part is prepping....whoever shoots staples in the carpet pad, must think they have a machine gun....

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    I think the guys at the houseboat manufacturers were paid by the carpet staple.

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    I put down Parquat. It looked good but popped from moisture. Had to sand edges for clearance and reglue. Wouldn't do it again. Vynil tile and carpet for me.
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    I would pressure wash it to knock the loose stuff off first. Also, be aware that to comply with all of the environmental restrictions, you supposed to catch, bag, and dispose of all of everything correctly. And, by everything, I mean everything.
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