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Hi! 

 

We've just bough a 58 foot boat and are 3 days in! We are wanting to put down parquet flooring, but having ripped up the carpet and we've got somewhat wonky flooring with a mixture of chipboard and ply. Ply is looking good....chipboard not so good in certain areas.

 

We're replacing some bits of the chipboard, but don't want have to do all of it, and leave in the stuff that's still good. As to laying down new flooring on a bit of an uneven base, is the only option to lay down ply across the whole boat and put the new flooring on top of that? 

 

Any suggestions much appreciated! 

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Being pedantic,that is not chipboard.  It is OSB,  which is much less prone to damp getting in and turning it all to Weetabix. It is still not as durable as decenf ply though. One has to ask though why some previous owner replaced some of it.  The best solution would be an all-new ply floor.

 

That said, you could  'overplate' the uneven floor with some thin, say 4mm, ply and that will give you an even base on which to build a parquet floor, assuming you are using proper parquet blocks and not the modern thin layer imitations. For modern stuff you will need a thicker layer. Say 6 or even 9 mm.

Whichever, do use waterproof ply (WBP grade).

 

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Don't forget to cut at least one access hatch in the new floor at the rearmost part of the boat cabin.

 

It will allow you to check whether there is water in your bilge and if there is, to remove it.

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11 minutes ago, cuthound said:

Don't forget to cut at least one access hatch in the new floor at the rearmost part of the boat cabin.

 

It will allow you to check whether there is water in your bilge and if there is, to remove it.

Or like many, don’t and have one less thing to keep checking and worrying about.....

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13 minutes ago, Chewbacka said:

Or like many, don’t and have one less thing to keep checking and worrying about.....

 

Until one day you wake up, get put of bed and find you have wet feet. Then all those little worries that you have avoided combine into a really big worry. ?

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On 09/08/2019 at 15:37, Chewbacka said:

Or like many, don’t and have one less thing to keep checking and worrying about.....

I worried about it more before I cut a small hatch under the bed.

 

Since the hatch has been there I check it each time we arrive at the boat and then don't have to worry. I also know if I did ever find water there I have somewhere to remove it from.

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On 09/08/2019 at 15:22, Gabby&Jack said:

Great thank you, need a bit of confirmation! Ordered some plywood to cover the full floor before laying the parquet floorboard :)

 

cheers! 

let us hope that you ordered proper certified BS1088 marine plywood from a specialist supplier and not some of that rubbish sold under the same name by builders' merchants for pennies.

 

I'm not sure what 'parquet floorboard' means, but if you are going to invest good money and loads of effort laying parquet block flooring then it would be pity if the sub-floor was not the best you can afford.   Parquet block is usually tongue and groove on ends and sides, and once laid it is a major operation to remove bits of it.  (personally I would avoid parquet block for that very reason - good quality engineered hardwood planks are much more straightforward and can be cut out in the future by cutting along the seams.  You can't do that with herringbone or similar patterns of parquet).

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