Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Noank, Connecticut, USA
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Inflatable floor rebuild, call me crazy.
Feel free to skip my drivel and go down to questions 1-4.
I have a nice Mercury Marine "Air Deck" inflatable. It's mostly Hypalon. I say mostly because the inflatable floor, or deck, is made of PVC.
Now the tubes, floor, etc are good quality and it motors nicely. I rather like it. However, I'm on my second inflatable floor. The first one first turned gooey, then start to sort of feel like thin cardboard before it stopped holding air.
My second floor (that I had to purchase) is going the same route.
Mercury Marine was shocked to find that my dink sits in a marina, with an outboard and a gas tank on it. Being exposed to possible drips from the tank and all that sunshine takes it's toll. They seem to think I should have kept it in the box, only taken it out at night and then massaged with cocobutter and put away before the sun came up.
I should have sprung for a RIB but I'm frugal. I don't care much about the weight. Oh well.
Sooooooo... Now I'm thinking of making a solid floor. It's important that the new floor be the same size and shape as the inflatable floor.
Things that enter my feeble mind:
1. Get some foam and try to carve out a floor in the same shape as the inflatable, then coat it with epoxy. Ala surfboard.
2. Get some two part foam and fill up the old floor with the slow leak and hope it takes the shape and I can simply use that. Possibly even then cut off the PVC and coat the hardened foam with resin.
3. Fill the old floor with some thickened resin and let it set up in an ice water bath so it won't melt the PVC whilst it cures.
4. One of you come up with a better idea.
'88 C&C 30 MKII