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Cabin steps & carpet

Discussion in 'Sport Cruisers' started by Livinitup, Oct 30, 2019.

  1. Livinitup

    Livinitup New Member

    Aug 12, 2019
    Old Hickory Lake, TN
    1998 Sundancer 270
    Mercruiser 7.4
    Wondering if anyone has replaced the carpet on the steps and risers in the cabin. Going to replace the flooring with Plasteak or similar but not sure what to do on the steps and risers? This is a 1998 270. My goal is to have little to no carpet in the cabin but there are so many curved surfaces. DIY preferred. Thanks for any suggestions!

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  2. boatmailster

    boatmailster Well-Known Member

    May 13, 2007
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    I think carpet is the only way to go. Years ago I replaced on customer boat. If i recall top pieces can be removed but you need to be careful not to damage vinyl on walls. You can remove carpet first to expose screws. Once you glue carpet use some monel staples to secure front edge.
  3. stephens013

    stephens013 Active Member

    Oct 8, 2009
    Ft Walton Beach, Fl
    2001 510 Sundancer
    1997 400DA Sundancer
    1994 Chalarral 310 Signature
    3196 Cat; 660 PHP
    3116 Cat; 340 PHP
    I replaced the carpet on my 400DA. Not a bad job. Just make sure you have some sort of heavy duty air driven staple gun on hand. It will make your experience much less frustrating
  4. uplander

    uplander Member

    Sep 5, 2016
    Erie, PA
    97 330 Express Cruiser
    Last winter I ripped out all of the cabin carpet on my 97 330 EC and replaced it with glue down Mannington LVT in Burma Teak. (kind of a crappy picture; looks way better in person). The stairs are now an eyesore are also on my to-do list this winter.

    My plan for the risers is a vertical laminate (same color as the cabinets on my boat). I'm pretty sure I can bend this around the multiple radii on the risers (with a bit of heat if necessary). If this fails I saw some thin plastic sheeting at Home Depot that will match pretty well, and is very flexible. I want to get away from any carpet down in the cabin (kids and a dog....).

    For the treads I think I'll be going with solid wood. I'd like them to match the flooring and I'm too cheap to buy real teak; so I'm planning to try my luck using Cumaru (Brazilian Teak). There is a place about 1.5 hrs from me in Buffalo that sells 1.5" stock.

    I have a bunch of the vinyl left over, but I'd have to construct some sort of bullnose around the edges of the treads. IMO a solid wood tread will be a lot easier. I've considered using the vinyl for the riser as well, but think the contrast of white risers and wood treads will look best.

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  5. Captain Dave T

    Captain Dave T Member

    Aug 8, 2013
    Lake St Clair Michigan
    1996 330 Sundancer
    7.4 Carbs Hurst I/O
    4.5 Westerbeke

    Hello Uplander,
    What kind of surface did you encounter when you pulled the carpet from the cabin floor area ? Did you have to do a lot of prep work to get a surface flat enough to install the flooring ? I have a 330 dancer I would love to do the same thing to, but I only have so much time. Any pic's would be greatly appreciated.

  6. uplander

    uplander Member

    Sep 5, 2016
    Erie, PA
    97 330 Express Cruiser
    Captain Dave,

    I don’t want to derail the original poster’s question, so I won’t go into all the details. The floor is not level underneath the carpet. Some have put a new plywood subfloor down. I elected to grind down the high spots and fill the low spots with marine filler. You have to rebuild any hatches, since they are cut real sloppy to accommodate carpet. I probably had about 40hours in the floor. This was my first time ever using vinyl glue down plank flooring, but I am fairly competent with carpentry skills. Lots of hours for such a small area, but nearly everything had to be cut/trimmed. If you can get by with a floating floor, the click/lock planks would be a lot easier, but the glue down is way nicer.

    There are a few more Picts in the 330EC thread from late winter of last season. If I get more time I’ll post a tutorial. I took a fair amount of pictures when I did it.
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