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Re: Soft Sole Replacement

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Not sure if I want to go to the trouble of making molds and trying to duplicate the old non skid pattern with borders etc...or just dust it with silica sand in the wet top coat and then cover with paint...
I wouldn't even consider trying to create a nonskid pattern. Go with Fasters idea of the teak & holly ply top surface - it will basically eliminate the nasty fairing job that paint will require and your boat will thank you.
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Re: Soft Sole Replacement

I agree... and would look so much better than glassfibre and non-skid
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For floors and especially stairs that will be walked on a lot we use a lot of Tuf-Shield. Looks ok, and lasts for ages.

Looks like their website is down.
Wonder if they are out of business.
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Re: Soft Sole Replacement

lookin good Squid....I was also doing my sole and am now primed and ready for color...hope you see some warm air soon...its still slow here though no comparison to your neck of the woods...
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Re: Soft Sole Replacement

Looking good Squid!

I kinda agree that a wood sole would look better but it looks like it is already too late for that option now that the plywood is already glassed in.

I doubt that it would be worth the effort to mold in a non skid pattern but I do think it is worthwhile making a mold to keep the surface flat and avoid a lot of sanding later. I recently used some roof flashing backed by 3/4" plywood for an area I filled with epoxy. This left the area basically flat and smooth with only a void or two left to fill later.

I did hear from someone who was in the boat building business that some of the builders have used formica to make molds, so it might be possible to imprint a texture to your epoxy work. He cautioned me that with formica the builders do use a mold release agent (wax) though. I used bare flashing metal and it released from the hardened epoxy very nicely.
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Re: Soft Sole Replacement

One trick is to finish with a sheet of store bought fiberglass.
Just bed it in epoxy as it is very smooth when done as long as you don't need a compound curve.

http://www.mcmaster.com/#fiberglass-...sheets/=mmkjfg
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Re: Soft Sole Replacement

It's gonna depend on how the top coat smooths out (and what tricks I use) but I'm thinking epoxy sand and paint for now...so I can get in the water...

Depending on how it looks and lasts , I'm also looking into the vinyl-like floor coverings that look like wood but cut in with a scissors and glue down

With that shallow bildge and CB pipe stand it tends to be a semi wet floor...
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Re: Soft Sole Replacement

semi-wet floor... have you considered a wooden lattice like cover you can take out to dry or to go out sailing? Just replace when the floor dries out
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Re: Soft Sole Replacement

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One trick is to finish with a sheet of store bought fiberglass.
Just bed it in epoxy as it is very smooth when done as long as you don't need a compound curve.

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WOW. This is great!...All that sanding-all that sanding that doesnt need to be sanded.
Is one side finished and the other rough for bonding? Thanks for the site!
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Re: Soft Sole Replacement

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semi-wet floor... have you considered a wooden lattice like cover you can take out to dry or to go out sailing? Just replace when the floor dries out
The boat actually came with a rubber lattice like mat (about 3/4") and then carpet over that...

At 6'2" I pulled it out to gain a little headroom...

It's really not that wet of a boat, after I figured out the water "pumping" up the CB tube could be stopped and judicious use of the bilge pump it actually stays pretty dry in there

It's just that 2" bilge doesn't hold much before it sloshes up on the sole, so not too sure an exposed wood floor would be the best choice...
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