The current floorboards have been around since the early days of the project (once floor supports were installed). They were cut from cheap non-marine grade C/D-X plywood, and have been trimmed/cut over time to accommodate things as the build evolved. Included in that evolution was the addition of dirt, paint and resin drips.
This last weekend I cut the final floor boards for the entire boat. This time with marine grade B/C 3/4-inch plywood. Care was taken with close measurements to ensure a good fit. Though these are the final boards, the floor is not “finished”. To protect the nice clean smooth surfaces of the boards, everything has been covered with a couple layers of cardboard and masking tape.
The expected finish of the floors will involve
- the lamination of a finished hardwood 1/4-inch plywood panel (species undecided at the moment)
- cutout of under-floor access hatches/hardware installation
- final glue-in/fastening
On Finished Hardwood Plywood Panels
I like the traditional look of teak/holly strips (the admiral does not care for it). You can get this in a plywood sheet, though it is quite expensive.