Vector Floor & Floatation

Dear Randy,  

I just purchased a 1979 17' Vector. Upon getting it home stripping the hardware and removing the engine, I started investigating the floor in the boat (from the inside). Someone had taken plywood and screwed it on-top-of the existing floor in the boat which had some soft spots to sturdy the bottom. Once I investigated further and removed their attempt at a temporary poor-fix I saw the original floor had trapped water and was rotted away. I have since cut the rotted floor out removed the water saturated floatation material and want to re-do the floor in the boat. Any suggestions on what to replace the floatation with? What would you put back on the floor before "re-glassing" (fiberglassing it all in)? 

Any help (suggestions) would be appreciated.




Cut everything out that is rotten or bad. Seal and glass the new floor (Baltic Birch plywood works good). The pour in foam is available at most any marine store. They can order it for you in quarts or gallons. The fiberglass supply house you use should have foam available. 




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Mark C.


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