Traditionally, yacht floors (actually called “underfoots” or “patios”) were made of alternating teak and holly strips of wood. The soft, furry holly strips were installed slightly proud of the hard oily teak to provide a less slippery stumbling-around experience.
On Bright Water, we are all about tradition. So we’re installing plastic that looks like something traditional people would install.
Pender pulled out the non-traditional, once swanky and now loose teak parquet floor on our first day of work. Then some other stuff happened, and then…
Nancy sanded and smoothed the left-over parquet mastic and…
we spread a gallon of Bondo filler through-out the boat to smooth the fiberglass taping and various unevenessities in the floor.
First we made paper patterns of the more complicated areas.
The patterns got pretty complicated as we tried to make sure the lines in the floor were parallel and aligned through the entire boat. We used string lines and offsets and squares and guessing.
Some of the areas were pretty complicated, too.
Traditional fake floor is not as expensive as traditional floor, but it’s pretty expensive, so Nancy took care of the knife stuff. Nancy is careful and patient and cheap.
The change in appearance was stunning. This stuff looks just like perfectly finished high grade wood that you can’t even get anymore because it’s not green.
Even the most complex areas laid well without wrinkles. Now for a little trim and baseboard install, and we will have the most traditionally vinyl-floored boat in the yard as far as we know.