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post #17 of Old 11-01-2012
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Re: replacement flooring

Actually Nu-Teak is sold in strips which makes it MUCH easier to work with than products sold in 4x8 sheets. You can find local distributors through their web site (I think there is one in the Annapolis area).

Once installed it looks surprisingly like real wood -- and I'm a woodworker investing a lot of time and effort adding custom cabinetry to our boat. The surface is even slightly textured to reflect the light like real wood. Barefeet will feel the difference though. It is resistant to stains, oil and diesel, though in practice I'd protect the floor when changing the oil and filters.

I purchased some sample strips and glued them to a 2'x2' piece of plywood and left it outside under an overhang over the winter so it would be exposed to extemes of moisture and temperature (expansion and contraction). No joints opened up. Remember fiberglass does expand and contract with temperature.

I looked at bamboo and some other flooring materials sold at home centers. I contacted manufacturers and in every case they said "don't use it". In many cases it says this right on the box. The glues and materials are designed for interior use where temperatures never get below 50 degrees or above 100 degrees. Temps well outside that range are common on boats. Another issue with our boat is the floor is curved in some areas and these materials can't easily be made to conform to the curve in the floor.

I'm seriously considering this as an option for our boat this winter.

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