Adding a floor in hard bottom dinghy

Discussion in 'Dinghies' started by potis, Aug 9, 2017.

  1. potis

    potis Member

    101
    Oct 15, 2006
    San Ramon, CA
    2000 340 DA Sundancer
    "Soggy Dollar"
    7.4L V-Drives
    I have a West Marine 310 Rib. It is a hard bottom, V-hull shape. It does not have the 2nd flat surfaced floor. Does anyone know if there is an aftermarket 2nd floor that can be installed? WM was no help on this. Or, has anyone made their own 2nd floor to put in a dinghy. Biggest difficulty I see with making one is determining how to attach it. I would like it to be removable due to weight and for cleaning etc. Otherwise it could be easily just permanently glued in place. Appreciate any input.
     
  2. Irie308

    Irie308 Member SILVER Sponsor

    685
    May 28, 2013
    CT
    320 Sundancer 2005, Raymarine C120 and C80
    Highfield 9.6 RIB & Tohatsu 8hp
    Previous boat: 215 expre
    350 Mercruisers V-drives
    Interested as to why you don't like the v-hull. I purposely picked up a highfield with a vhull thinking that it would give more leg room which it does but i found that the v at the bow makes it hard to get in and out as its always slippery. I plan to add some non-skid to the floor to remedy this.
     
  3. potis

    potis Member

    101
    Oct 15, 2006
    San Ramon, CA
    2000 340 DA Sundancer
    "Soggy Dollar"
    7.4L V-Drives
    I love the v-hull insofar as performance, the problem is similar to what you stated; it is difficult and uncomfortable for my wife to get in and out, etc. plus with a 2nd flat floor a cooler could be used as a stable 2nd seat, items could be secured to it etc. Just all around more user friendly (except for the add'l weight)
     
  4. Creekwood

    Creekwood Well-Known Member GOLD Sponsor

    Apr 26, 2009
    Oakville and Georgian Bay, Ontario
    '97 330 Sundancer
    2X 454 w/ vDrives
    Seems like a lot of work for a 10 ft rib. That said I would think that on my Mercury I could fashion a Marineply board shaped to sit on the strakes in the bow easily enough. Maybe a stainless piano hinge so it folds and seal it with white enamel. Edges could have closed cell foam underneath to stop rattle and slip. Interesting.
     
  5. Loyd Dinneen

    Loyd Dinneen Member

    154
    Jul 29, 2017
    Las Vegas
    1977 Sea ray 240 SDA cruiser w/ twin 470 mercs.
    Twin 470 Mercruisers
    I once had a old wooden boat that was a v-hull and it had a slatted floor made from 1x2's that were removable and fitted to the curve of the boat. It was a very simple floor and was very stable.
     
  6. Sublimetime

    Sublimetime Member

    387
    Oct 22, 2007
    clifton nj
    420 da
    454
    Cut a plywood floor to roughly fit the area you want to level then take a length of hose and slice it open the length of it. pry open and slip over edge of plywood. It creates a nice finished edge to help protect your tubes and it keeps it snug and no rattles. It looks more finished also.
     
  7. Loyd Dinneen

    Loyd Dinneen Member

    154
    Jul 29, 2017
    Las Vegas
    1977 Sea ray 240 SDA cruiser w/ twin 470 mercs.
    Twin 470 Mercruisers
    Thats a great idea I was thinking of getting a inflatable boat to use as a dingy and want to put a floor in it and was going to use plywood and using the hose to protect it is a great idea.
     

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