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    What about an omnia flooring panel

    http://www.omnia-cs.co.uk/flooringd1.php

    If it is still a bit floppy, you could epoxy childrens flotation tube across the back
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fire99 View Post
    Come on folk, what do you recon' ?

    Treated Marine Ply or encase the plywood in epoxy and woven cloth???
    Whether you use marine ply or non marine plywood it needs protection from the water it will surely see - epoxy and cloth is the best solution for that and epoxy is the best adhesive to attach it and fill any voids in between as well. I would also seal all ply edges with epoxy before attaching it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fire99 View Post
    Come on folk, what do you recon' ?

    Treated Marine Ply or encase the plywood in epoxy and woven cloth???
    I would be inclined to cut the ply to size then seal with epoxy, including the edges and any drain holes (dilute the epoxy with up to 30% Meths to aid penetration for the edges). Bed down onto the bearers with Sikaflex. Seal the edges with an epoxy/bead paste fillet (after abrading the cockpit walls). Paint as needed.
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    The plinth I made for my toilet is plywood, painted up with several layers of West epoxy, then bedded on Sikaflex 291. Ok, it isn't outside but it has had a few good soakings and remains in excellent condition. The disadvantage of this treatment can be that epoxy is rather brittle, so if the wood bends it will crack. On your cockpit floor flexing is likely, so treatment with a wood varnish instead seems like a better plan.

    Silicone is fine for bathrooms but there are far better choices for boats. It is weak, affects many reactions of paints, sealants and coatings and its adhesion doesn't last well. Tool station do a polyurethane sealant that appears identical to Sikaflex for about 4 per tube.
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    Good stuff people... Some very good info.... I'll let you know the results..

    Many thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vyv_cox View Post
    The plinth I made for my toilet is plywood, painted up with several layers of West epoxy, then bedded on Sikaflex 291. Ok, it isn't outside but it has had a few good soakings.
    Aiming a problem?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Twister_Ken View Post
    Aiming a problem?
    Perhaps after trying a recipe from my new book 'Nik's Seafaring Culinary Delights - No preparation nor cooking required'

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    Picture of my Snappie 23 cockpit floor
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    Why dont you make a GRP floor? Piece of cake for a simple shape like that, or if you're not happy doing it then have someone else make it for you. No worry about rotting wood ever again.

    If you still want to do the wood route then I'd at least be encasing it in epoxy with a lightish woven roving. Make sure you do a tidy job though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Twister_Ken View Post
    Aiming a problem?
    Just the legacy of nearly ten years of RM69 ownership, worsened by the addition of a holding tank. Being Welsh I could cope with the leaks and so could the epoxy.
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