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Floor replacement

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Hey everybody,

Been a while since I have posted, but have come up against a project that I needed some input...

I have an '86 skier that needs the floor replaced. Peeled up the carpet, yea it's a mess. Brings me to my first question; the floor looks like a puzzle of wood pieces. Did malibu use what ever they could find laying around to make a floor, or can I assume somebody has already replaced floor parts in bits and pieces? So, when replacing, would I be better served by using as-big-a-pieces as possible? And should it be 'marine' grade plywood? How thick?

Seems like a couple of years ago, somebody did a write up of a floor replacement. I searched but couldn't find it, anybody have the link, or recall?

Any help, advise, input, or gottchas would be appreciated. I sincerely hope I have not bit off more than I can chew.


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The planet nautique site has a lot of information on floor replacement as lots of members have boats from the late 80s early 90s vintage. It's great info on the process.


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Hey DB

I'm not a paying member, so I don't think I can post pictures.

PM me with your email and I'll send you pics from my floor replacement project on my '91 Brendella.


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Good luck on your project dbcheek, tread lightly and don't be suprised with anything you find. Mine has taken a turn for the worse. Not only is the floor bad, the stringers are mush, and I came to find somewhere along the line somebody did a thrash job on a previous stringer repair. My observation would indicate, if you have ANY obvious mush or rot - there is probably a LOT you can't see. If you think you just need to replace a little spot, plan for the worse and maybe you'll get lucky.

The wife and I are still pondering where to go from here.

Anybody need a great drive train and trailer?


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