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Old 16 May 2013, 22:20   #1
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Zodiac FC-470 Floor Template Wanted

I am looking to see if anyone has a floor template for the Zodiac FC-470 as I am looking to build my own. Also, for those of you who have already built your own I would love to hear from you.
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Old 26 May 2013, 18:22   #2
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Has anyone on here built a floor for the FC470? If so feedback is appreciated. Is there any reason why it couldn't be made as one piece?
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We built floorboards for half a dozen F470's about 15 years ago, I seem to remember that we used 3/4" marine ply and it was a 2-piece floor; an 8' long main piece and 3' long triangular piece for the bow, the edges need to be properly chamfered to conform where they meet the tubes. This system worked great and lasted for years.

If I did it today, I'd fiberglass or maybe even Rhino line the pieces.
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Howdy F470. I'm in a same boat literally and figuratively. Just got surplus F470, live in Portland, and looking for floor. Right now I'm finishing building my house need to be done with inspections by July so quite busy but after that I'm ready to tackle this problem. Can join forces if you want. Marine plywood is the plan so far. Hopefully I'll manage after doing all the custom finish carpentry in my house. Or maybe we will just cross our wakes somewhere on the river. Stopped by inflatable boats dealer. They don't have squat for our boat. Wanted $8k for new floor. Couldn't get inflation valves till end of July. (found some on east coast) pricey bastards.
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I hear the Plywood floors tend to get a bit heavy so I am considering going to a surfboard maker and have them make a floor by design out of fiberglass instead. A fiberglass floor would probably be lighter than the $8K solid aluminum floor. The crown jewel would be to have a built in gas tank but thats not in the cards, at least in the short term.
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3/4 inch 4x8 sheet weighs about 75-80 lb. That's about same area as F470 floor. Not sure what Al floor weight is I doubt less than 50%. Not significant difference IMHO.
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Aluminum will very close or even lighter than fiberglass. The fiberglass wouldn't be solid anyway, you'd need a core, either foam, plywood or balsa. And cores eventually get water in them leading to rot and delamination. I'd go aluminum, as long as you rinse it with fresh water it'll outlast the hypalon.
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Damn, you're probably right.

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Aluminum will very close or even lighter than fiberglass. The fiberglass wouldn't be solid anyway, you'd need a core, either foam, plywood or balsa. And cores eventually get water in them leading to rot and delamination. I'd go aluminum, as long as you rinse it with fresh water it'll outlast the hypalon.
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Here is the floor your are looking for. The boat is on local C.list at $2400.00
The ad says San Clemente.
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Thanks! When you say local what is the nearest city/county? San Clemente does not show up on C.list.
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