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Old 21 July 2016, 00:24   #1
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Help with fc470 floor

Just picked up a zodiac fc470 in great condition. I am replacing my achilles 14' which has a center console mounted to the aluminum floor. The new zodiac has the roll up floor and my question is can I just mount the console to the aluminum slats? Or cut a piece of plywood, mount it with carriage bolts to the roll up floor and use that as a mounting surface for the console? Any input is greatly appreciated. Thanks
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The rollup models are pretty floppy. I'd strongly recommend switching to the aluminum floor in your F470 if you want to run a console
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If your handy with wood you could do a epoxied 3/4'' marine ply floor.

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Thanks for the replies, I don't have the money now for the aluminum floor. The plywood I was hoping for an inexpensive way to add some rigidity
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I understand this may not be the best way but what I want to know is if it will work as I don't have the money to purchase the proper floor that is made for this boat. My thought is to use a single piece of plywood and bolt it down over the roll up floor with a bolt through each slat and leaving the bow section as is. Would this be a sturdy enough surface to mount a small console and a cooler seat? Attached it a super detailed drawing of what I was thinking. Red outline is plywood sheet, red dots bolts and yellow is proposed console placement. I already have the console mounted in my smaller Achilles to the aluminum rigid floor and am looking to transfer everything over to the fc470. Thanks again for any input.
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The slat cross sections will deform/yeild to the crush of the carriage bolt when you hit some average white cap seas unless cored with delrin/nylon or wood plugs in the bolt area. The boat will have the weight of the roll up and the wood floor plus console and pay load, but that shouldn't be a problem with a the wt cap of the black boat.

There is a member RIB4SALE.Com in San Diego that may a Al floor.

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Mod'd roll up

Here's a girl with a splint.

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Here's a girl with a splint.

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I thought about doing the same thing before my FC gave up the ghost...how'd the improvised stringers work out?
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Do you have more info on the materials used and how they are mounted? How did the splint work out?
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I thought about doing the same thing before my FC gave up the ghost...how'd the improvised stringers work out?
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