Originally Posted by mixyblob
I'm not particularly bothered but I am a bit concerned that the sand and gravel might be getting under the aluminium deck and start chafing the PVC.
Am I worrying unnecessarily or is this a real possibility, if so, what do you all do to prevent it?
I was thinking of semi deflating the boat, removing the aluminium deck and power washing the crap out down the drain hole.
Yep, definitely clean out the gravel after each trip to avoid future issues and wear - I do this mostly without removing the floor but you will need to take the floor out every few trips to do it properly.
When I've been to sea I flip the boat on each side to hose down/scrub the base and tubes then flip it up on the cones (near vertical against my Land Rover) and hose down the inside concentrating the hose on the sharp end so it flushes down and out over the transom.
Regarding the floor surface, much easier to put matting/rubber flooring in to protect it and keep it clean this is easily removed.