Join Date: May 2009
Location: Palm Island Miami Beach
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Yep, finishing nails, sorry my English upbringing.
They're made in stainless, primarily for saunas and steam rooms.
Although your boat sole doesn't have stringers like say a deck outside a house would have, the deck is usually supported by bulkheads laterally and smaller beams running fore and aft, this makes the bilge more accessible, these are the best spot to hit.
My teak and holly sole is bonded to 3/4 marine plywood and screwed and plugged, for sure, the correct repair would be to re-fasten, but if the strips we're bonded to the base with resin as mine are, you may do more damage trying to separate them than you'd like.
If your unsure about the nails, drive some into some scrap wood first and see if you can live with it.
In houses with squeaky floors, we've gotten away with blowing talk between the boards, but I don't think this would work in the marine environment. Possibly a dry graphite lubricant would.
best regards, Joe.