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blanchardkeith 01-18-2011 03:45 PM

Wood cockpit floor mat
Looking to make a "drain" mat for my cockpit floor. Would love to do teak but buying the planks is expensive enough. What other woods can I use for the slats. Was planning on staining/ oiling and varnishing. Thanks for the help.

5hortBu5 01-18-2011 04:26 PM

Have you considered cherry? Brazilian cherry is pretty, hard, and loaded with those groovy water-resistant oils, but a fraction of the price.

sailingdog 01-18-2011 05:36 PM

SailChick used teak tiles that are designed for bathroom/shower use from Ikea. They're a seasonal item though.

bljones 01-18-2011 07:44 PM


bryanphaas 01-25-2011 12:46 AM

See my post in "Low Buck Projects" thread.

I used the IKEA flooring, and am very pleased. VERY Cheap (60$), and took me all of 1.5 hrs to cut it to fit.

solman55 01-25-2011 01:06 AM

I like the cedar floor, what is holding it in? Is it just laid in there and tight? Cedar is a great wood for marine environment and I will be going this route for mine.

RocketScience 01-26-2011 01:01 AM

The best of both worlds; the looks of teak without the maintenance of teak.

Last year I refitted my cockpit teak (bench tops, floor grates) with a composite faux teak decking material from TimberTech. Worked awesome.

southshoreS24 01-26-2011 02:17 PM

looks great RocketScience! could you give us some more details as to witch product. color, etc...

RocketScience 01-26-2011 06:33 PM


Originally Posted by southshoreS24 (Post 691230)
looks great RocketScience! could you give us some more details as to witch product. color, etc...

The product is TimberTech's Earthwood line of composite home decking material called "Tropical Teak" and has an embossed wood grain. Relevant web page HERE.

The bench top slats and cockpit floor grates were sawn from their 9/16" thick x 12" wide fascia board accessory trim (link HERE) I then added corner rounded edges with a router for a soft appearance.

A closer shot of the aft lazarette during refit.

Here's a 'before' pic of the cockpit.

southshoreS24 01-26-2011 09:00 PM

awesome! thank you!

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